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Vivian Beaumont Theatre (New York, NY)
150 West 65th St. at Broadway

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Based on the Medea myth

This powerful re-telling of the tragic Medea myth was hailed by the San Francisco Examiner as 'A major work by one of the most highly regarded new serious songwriters for the stage.' Set in the twilight years of the 19th century, MARIE CHRISTINE chronicles its doomed heroine's journey from her genteel life of privilege in New Orleans Creole society through betrayal and incomprehensible vengeance in boisterous Chicago. This gripping tale of one headstrong and passionate young woman's all-consuming love for an ambitious sea captain provides a tour-de-force for its leading lady. When it premiered at the esteemed Lincoln Center Theatre, the New York Daily News found it to be 'A brilliant re-working of Medea [that] manages at once to make it fresh and to retain its gut-wrenching compulsion.' MARIE CHRISTINE was the final Broadway musical of the 20th century, an extraordinary creation that investigates unsettling mysteries of the psyche that are as old as the human condition itself.

Words and Music by Michael John LaChiusa


Rubicon Theatre Company to Stage World Premiere Adaptation of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2015

Rubicon Theatre celebrates the holidays with the company's first presentation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, a World Premiere adaptation written by Producing Artistic Director Karyl Lynn Burns and directed by Brian McDonald. Rubicon's A Christmas Carol features a 24-member cast (the largest ensemble since the company's production of Fiddler on the Roof and the largest ever for a play). (more...)

New School to Host Staged Reading of WHAT WE LOOK LIKE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2015

What We Look Like, an original new play, is holding a staged workshop reading this month at The New School for Drama after two staged readings held earlier this year at Pearl Studios and another in August at Punto Space in Midtown, Manhattan. (more...)

Rumer Willis Spotted In Central Park Filming Michael John LaChiusa's HELLO AGAIN
by Michael Dale - Nov 17, 2015

Photos were snapped at Bow Bridge of the recent CHICAGO star wearing a 1940s-style ensemble. (more...)

Two-Time Tony Nominee Vivian Reed Returns to The Metropolitan Room This Month
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

?VIVIAN REED, the two-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway star and concert artist called "remarkable and ferocious" by The New York Times and "a force of nature" by The New York Post, continues her acclaimed concert series "Standards and More" at The Metropolitan Room on Monday, May 23 at 7:00 PM. Returning as special guests for this performance will be Metropolitan Opera soprano Janinah Burnett and Broadway and nightclub Raun Ruffin star, who appeared in The Civil War. Reed will also perform at The Metropolitan Room on June 17 and July 21, backed by a four-piece band led by Billy McDaniel. The evening includes unique arrangements of classic standards by Duke Ellington, Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter and George Gershwin in a dazzling blend of pop, jazz, soul and R&B. (more...)

The Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal Sets Summer 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

The Orchestre symphonique de Montreal, its music director, Kent Nagano, and France Beaudoin, spokesperson for the OSM's summer programming, invite families and music lovers of all ages to celebrate classical music on the occasion of what has become an unmissable event of the summer season. (more...)

Fashion Musical SHOES AND BAGGAGE Begins Previews This Week Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Nancy Manocherian's the cell presents the World Premiere of SHOES & BAGGAGE, a one-woman musical about the "high of the buy." It is written and performed by Broadway veteran Cheryl Stern (La Cage Aux Folles, The Women) with music by Drama Desk nominee Tom Kochan (Almost, Maine). Directed by Joe Barros , previews begin May 5 at the cell with opening slated for Thursday, May 12. (more...)

Katie Rose Clarke, Ryan Andes & More Set for Boomerang's LOVELESS TEXAS Workshop
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Boomerang Theatre Company will present the development workshop of LOVELESS TEXAS, the new musical from Boomerang Associate Artistic Director Cailin Heffernan and composer Henry Aronson. Boomerang Theatre Company continues as producer on the project, following up on the 2010 industry reading at Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater. (more...)

Audra McDonald Honored Today at New Dramatists' 2016 Spring Luncheon
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

New Dramatists, Tony Honor recipient and the nation's premier playwright development laboratory, will celebrate six-time Tony Award winning actress, Audra McDonald with their 2016 Distinguished Achievement Award at its 67th Annual Spring Luncheon tribute. (more...)

Audra McDonald and Will Swenson Expecting a Baby; LADY DAY in the West End Postponed; SHUFFLE ALONG Materity Leave Begins in July
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

Audra is expecting! Today it was announced  that The West End production of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill will be postponed as the show's star Audra McDonald has announced that she and her husband, actor Will Swenson, are expecting a baby. (more...)

VIDEO: Extended Clip! Audra McDonald Performs 'God Bless The Child' in 'LADY DAY' on HBO
by TV News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

Audra McDonaldSix-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald brings her acclaimed portrayal of Billie Holiday in the Broadway smash LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL to HBO on Saturday, March 12 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT). Filmed before a live audience at Cafe Brasil in New Orleans, the special features McDonald in her history-making, tour de force performance as the jazz icon, which won the actress her sixth Tony Award. Below, watch her in an extended clip singing 'God Bless The Child' in Holiday's signature style! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Audra McDonald in HBO's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2016

Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald brings her acclaimed portrayal of Billie Holiday in the Broadway smash LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL to HBO on Saturday, March 12 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT). Filmed before a live audience at Cafe Brasil in New Orleans, the special features McDonald in her history-making, tour de force performance as the jazz icon, which won the actress her sixth Tony Award. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at McDonald in two captivating stills from the presentation below! (more...)

Tony Nominee Vivian Reed to Perform STANDARDS & MORE Concerts in NYC
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2016

?VIVIAN REED, the two-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway star and concert artist called "remarkable and ferocious" by The New York Times, will return to New York with a four-performance run of her show "Standards and More." She will appear at The Metropolitan Room on April 2, May 23, June 17 and July 21, backed by a four-piece band led by Billy McDaniel. The evening will include unique arrangements of classic standards by Duke Ellington, Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter and George Gershwin in a dazzling blend of pop, jazz, soul and R&B. (more...)

New One-Woman Musical SHOES AND BAGGAGE to Open Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2016

Nancy Manocherian's the cell presents the World Premiere of SHOES & BAGGAGE, a one-woman musical about the "high of the buy." Written and performed by Broadway veteran Cheryl Stern (La Cage Aux Folles, The Women), it is directed by Joe Barros with music by Emmy Award-winning composer Tom Kochan. Previews begin May 5 at the cell with opening slated for Thursday, May 12. NOTE: this limited engagement is produced on an Off-Broadway contract. (more...)

Audra McDonald to be Honored at New Dramatists' 2016 Spring Luncheon
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2016

NEW DRAMATISTS,Tony® Honor recipient and the nation's premier playwright development laboratory, will honor six-time Tony Award winning actress, Audra McDonald with their 2016 Distinguished Achievement Award at its 67th Annual Spring Luncheon tribute. The event will be held Thursday, May 12 at the New York Marriott Marquis. (more...)

Vivian Reed's New Show STANDARDS AND MORE Opens This Weekend at The Metropolitan Room
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

VIVIAN REED, the two-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway star and concert artist called "remarkable and ferocious" by The New York Times, will return to New York on Saturday April 2 at 9:30 PM, with the opening night of her new show "Standards and More" at The Metropolitan Room. Her special guests for this performance will be Metropolitan Opera soprano Janinah Burnett and Broadway star Raun Ruffin, who appeared in The Civil War. Reed will also appear at The Metropolitan Room on May 23, June 17 and July 21, backed by a four-piece band led by Billy McDaniel. The evening will include unique arrangements of classic standards by Duke Ellington, Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter and George Gershwin in a dazzling blend of pop, jazz, soul and R&B. (more...)

Stage & Screen Actor Shawn Elliott Passes Away at 79
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2016

Shawn Elliott, a dynamic actor and singer on stage, film, and TV for nearly 60 years, passed away on March 11 at his home in New York City, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was 79. (more...)

Broadway Actor Shawn Elliott Passes Away
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2016

According to the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors, actor-singer Shawn Elliott has passed away. A former HOLA member and a Friend of HOLA, he leaves behind his wife (actress Donna Murphy), children, and grandchildren. (more...)


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Review Roundup - Audra McDonald Revives Tony Winning Performance in HBO's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
by TV News Desk - Mar 14, 2016

Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald brought her acclaimed portrayal of Billie Holiday in the Broadway smash LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL to HBO (more...)

Audra McDonald Reflects on 6th Tony Win for LADY DAY: 'I Still Have Work to Do'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

Audra McDonald has a big Spring ahead of her, with Shuffle Along beginning previews this month, and LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL airing on HBO over the weekend. In a recent interview with Essence, she reflected back on her sixth Tony win for her role as Billie Holiday: (more...)

HBO's Adaptation of ALL THE WAY, Filmed 'LADY DAY' Receive Premiere Dates
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2016

Following its critically acclaimed, award-winning Broadway run, ALL THE WAY, a riveting behind-the-scenes look at President Lyndon B. Johnson's tumultuous first year in office in the wake of President Kennedy's assassination, comes to HBO this May, while the exclusive presentation of Broadway's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL, starring six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, will air Saturday, March 12. (more...)

Brown University to Host WHAT WE LOOK LIKE Workshop & Talkback, 2/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2016

?Newcomer playwrights and actors Bruce Jones and Jonathan Mello are taking their play to Providence, Rhode Island this month for a workshop of their work What We Look Like for students and esteemed faculty at Brown University. (more...)

LE PETIT PRINCE Among Cesar Award Nominees; Michael Douglas to Receive Achievement Award
by Movies News Desk - Jan 27, 2016

Nominations for the 41st annual César Awards were announced this morning in Paris.The César Award is the national film award of France and is considered the country's highest film honor,  (more...)

Theatre Princesse Grace Presents LA COLÈRE DU TIGRE, Feb. 3
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

Dans une petite maison au bord de l'Atlantique, deux hommes au soir de leur vie, passent quelques jours ensemble. Claude Monnet doit accepter l'idee de mettre fin a son oeuvre et face a lui, Georges Clemenceau, reproche a son ami de ne pas avoir tenu ses promesses. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look - HBO Presents Audra McDonald in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
by TV News Desk - Jan 19, 2016

Below, check out photos of Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday, in the performance that won her her sixth Tony. LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL premieres Saturday, March 12 at 9 PM, only on HBO. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - HBO Presents Audra McDonald in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL
by TV News Desk - Jan 18, 2016

Below, get a first look at Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday, in the performance that won her her sixth Tony. LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL premieres Saturday, March 12 at 9 PM, only on HBO. (more...)

Transport Group to Host 'Gimme a Break!' Benefit in March
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

Transport Group, the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and OBIE Award-winning theatre company, has announced its annual gala Gimme a Break!, and will honor 5-Time Tony nominee Michael John LaChiusa and TheaterMania.com and its CEO Gretchen Shugart, on Monday, March 7, 2016 at the New York Times Center, 242 West 41st Street with the Transporting American Theatre Award for their significant contributions to the American Theatre.  (more...)

Billie Takes a Holiday! Audra McDonald to Bring LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL Across the Pond This Summer
by Jessica Khan - Jan 14, 2016

Billie Holiday will be traveling across the pond this summer! Six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald will make her West End debut as the legendary jazz icon in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL for a ten-week run at Wyndham's Theatre from 25 June 2016. (more...)

Laguna Playhouse to Present LOUIS & KEELY: LOVE AT THE SAHARA Opens 2/27
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

The Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham and Hershey Felder Presents are thrilled to announce the fourth show in the Laguna Playhouse 2015-2016 season, Tony Award-winner Anthony Crivello and Vanessa Claire Stewart starring in LOUIS & KEELY: 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA, written by Vanessa Stewart, Taylor Hackford & Jake Broder, choreography by Vernel Bagneris and directed by Taylor Hackford.  "Our subscribers and audiences are about the have the time of their lives as we transport them to 1950's Las Vegas and beyond and the incomparable song-stylings of Louis Prima and Keely Smith," says Wareham. LOUIS & KEELY: 'LIVE' AT THE SAHARA will begin previews on Wednesday, February 24; will open on Saturday, February 27 and will run through Sunday, March 27, 2016 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach. (more...)

FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE Original Cast Recording Out Digitally Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2016

Ghostlight Records has released the original cast recording of the world premiere musical FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE -- written by Michael John LaChiusa and directed by Kirsten Sanderson -- in digital formats today, February 26. The physical CD will be online and in stores on Frida­­y, April 1. (more...)

BWW Interview: KATE BALDWIN on Her New Concert Series with Friends
by Adrienne Onofri - Feb 26, 2016

The Tony nominee is creating and headlining concerts showcasing musical-theater composers; first up: LaChiusa. (more...)

VIDEO: Audra McDonald Talks SHUFFLE ALONG; Sings Yahoo Answers on 'Tonight'
by TV News Desk - Feb 23, 2016

On last night's TONIGHT SHOW, Jimmy has Tony Award-winning Audra McDonald sing replies to real Yahoo! Answers to questions like, 'Should I tell my parents I'm adopted?' (more...)

Will Audra McDonald Sing More Yahoo Answers on Tonight's JIMMY FALLON?
by TV News Desk - Feb 22, 2016

NBC has announced that six-time Tony Award winner Audra Mcdonald will stop by tonight's TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON, along with fellow guests Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton. (more...)

HBO to Debut Audra McDonald in LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL, 3/12
by TV News Desk - Feb 22, 2016

Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald brings her acclaimed portrayal of Billie Holiday in the Broadway smash “Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill” to HBO, with the exclusive presentation scheduled to debut SATURDAY, MARCH 12  (more...)

STAGE TUBE: First Look at Audra McDonald in HBO's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL
by Stage Tube - Feb 21, 2016

HBO has just released a promo video for LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL, starring Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday, the role that won the acclaimed actress her record-breaking sixth Tony in 2014. LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL premieres Saturday, March 12 at 9 PM, only on HBO. Watch the sneak peek here! (more...)

John Cariani, Mary Testa, Max von Essen and More Set for Transport Group's GIMME A BREAK! Gala
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2016

Just in, multiple-time Tony and Drama Desk nominees Kate Baldwin, John Cariani, Marc Kudisch, Julia Murney, Mary Testa, Max von Essen, will be some of the performers at Transport Group's annual gala, 'Gimme a Break!' on March 7, 2016. (more...)

Cast Album for Michael John LaChiusa's FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE to be Released Digitally This Month
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Ghostlight Records will release the original cast recording of the world premiere musical FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE, written by Michael John LaChiusa and directed by Kirsten Sanderson. (more...)

NY Public Library's Doug Reside on Billy Rose Theatre Division's Year in Acquisitions
by NYPL for the Performing Arts - Dec 30, 2015

BroadwayWorld.com continues our exclusive content series, in collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, which delves into the library's unparalleled archives, and resources. Below, check out a piece by Doug Reside, Lewis and Dorothy Cullman Curator for the Billy Rose Theatre Division at the The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts! (more...)

PHOTO: Audra McDonald Goes 'Pop Diva' in First Shots From HELLO AGAIN
by TV News Desk - Dec 23, 2015

The official Instagram account for the highly anticipated musical film HELLO AGAIN has shared a first look at star Audra McDonald as a 'Pop Diva.' (more...)

Broadway's Marybeth Abel and Christy Ney to Hold Stage Management Workshop on 1/5
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2015

Broadway Basics is recruiting Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors, as well as Undergrads, Grad students and recent grads for their Stage Management Workshop- a one day intensive on Monday, October 12, 2015 from 10am-3pm for an in-depth day with two Professional Broadway Stage Managers. Upon attending the workshop, students will learn first-hand about what it takes on put on a Broadway show from pre-production through strike, networking and resume writing, and more! The enrollment deadline is September 26, 2015. To enroll, contact: broadwaybasics@gmail.com (more...)

Cheyenne Jackson Joins Starry Cast of LaChuisa's HELLO AGAIN Film
by TV News Desk - Dec 21, 2015

Today, Cheyenne Jackson turned to Instagram to share the news that he will also be part of the film's starry cast (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 2, 2015
by - Dec 2, 2015

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 2 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

McDonald, Willis & More to Star in LaChiusa's Musical HELLO AGAIN; Filming Underway
by TV News Desk - Dec 1, 2015

Last month, LaChiusa turned to Facebook to share the news that production is currently underway for the project (more...)

Photo Flash Exclusive: Vivian Reed Premieres New Show 'Standards and More' at the Metropolitan Room
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

VIVIAN REED, the two-time Tony Award-nominated Broadway star and concert artist called 'remarkable and ferocious' by The New York Times, returned to New York on Saturday April 2 at 9:30 PM, with the opening night of her new show 'Standards and More' at The Metropolitan Room. BroadwayWorld brings you an exclusive look below! (more...)

Simply Full of Jazz! Meet the Whole Cast of 'SHUFFLE ALONG', Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 28, 2016

A re-imagined version of the 1921 musical SHUFFLE ALONG, one of the earliest stage hits starring, written and directed by African-Americans, opens tonight, April 28, on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. SHUFFLE ALONG has a new book and is directed by George C. Wolfe, choreographed by Savion Glover. Scroll down to learn more about the company, plus watch SUNDAY MORNING's recent behind-the-scenes look at the show! (more...)

MasterVoices' DIDO AND AENEAS with Kelli O'Hara and Victoria Clark Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) continues the 2015-2016 season with Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate's tempestuous Baroque opera, DIDO AND AENEAS, tonight, April 28, 2016 at 7pm and tomorrow, April 29, 2016 at 8pm at New York City Center, 131 W. 55th Street, New York City. (more...)

MasterVoices' DIDO AND AENEAS with Kelli O'Hara and Victoria Clark Opens Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

A friendly reminder! MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale) continues the 2015-2016 season with Henry Purcell and Nahum Tate's tempestuous Baroque opera, DIDO AND AENEAS, on April 28, 2016 at 7pm and April 29, 2016 at 8pm at New York City Center, 131 W. 55th Street, New York City. (more...)

Jen Cody, Hunter Foster, Josh Grisetti, Ann Harada, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Julia Murney, Ken Page and More Headed to The Muny's 98th Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

BroadwayWorld is excited to report that The Muny has announced a star-stuffed first round of principal cast members for its spectacular 98th season! (more...)

BWW Interview: Mary Testa in PERICLES at Two River Theatre 4/16 to 5/8
by Marina Kennedy - Apr 12, 2016

We interviewed Mary Testa who will perform in Two River Theater's production of 'Pericles' from April 16th to May 8th. Testa spoke to us about her career, the show and working on the Red Bank stage. (more...)

LaChiusa's FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE Cast Album Now Available in Stores
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

Ghostlight Records has released the original cast recording of the world premiere musical FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE - written by Michael John LaChiusa and directed by Kirsten Sanderson - online and in stores today, Frida­­y, April 1. The album was released in digital formats on Friday, February 26. (more...)

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