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Immortalized by Euripides, the story of Medea has inspired numerous literary and musical works. Medea, the mythological sorceress and priestess of Hecate, murders her children when her husband, Jason, whom she had assisted in his successful quest for the Golden Fleece, repudiates her because he wishes to marry another woman. Traditional renditions of the story have portrayed Medea as a demonic figure, but Cherubini and his librettist, FranÁois-Benoit Hoffmann, while conveying the sheer horror of Medea's actions, bring out the humanity of a woman who is driven to unspeakable crimes by unbearable pain. In the France of 1797, the story of Medea could have easily been interpreted as an allegory of the Revolution who devours her own children. Cherubini's work is a brilliant synthesis of several types of opera: opťra comique, tragťdie lyrique, Gluck's operatic style, and the allegorical opera of the French Revolution. In this opera, Cherubini's mastery of harmony, counterpoint, and orchestration -- which often anticipates the orchestral sound of Beethoven -- truly comes to the fore. Cherubini's peerless handling of musical form and drama rewards the listener with an extraordinary operatic experience. Beethoven admired Cherubini above all his contemporaries, and Medea was not only a source of inspiration but a model as well for Fidelio.


Robert Joy to Star in Seattle Rep's KING CHARLES III; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2016

Seattle Repertory Theatre today announced complete casting for the 2015 Oliver Award-winning Best New Play, King Charles III, Mike Bartlett's runaway smash hit, a contemporary and provocative comedy drama about Prince Charles' ascension to the throne upon the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth. It is a powerful piece about press intrusion, backroom politics, and the timeless magnetism of power. (more...)

Sutton Foster, Heather Headley & More Will Take Part in Lincoln Center Songbook Series in 2017!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2016

Lincoln Center's acclaimed American Songbook series returns for its 18th season of celebrating the best in American singing and songwriting. During February and March 2016, established and rising singers and singer-songwriters across a range of genres-Southern soul, bluegrass, folk, R&B, indie rock, pop, musical theater, and more-will take The Appel Room stage for concerts that explore the many iterations of American song. And in spring, American Songbook will return to Alice Tully Hall with two dynamic women whose artistry in two very different arenas demonstrates the expansive reach of American song embodied in the series. (more...)

The Fugard Announces Exciting Cinema Season Through the Start of 2017
by Movies News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

The Fugard kicks off its exciting 2017 Cinema season, presenting the best of world cinema with theatre, opera and ballet productions to be enjoyed from the comfort of a seat at The Fugard Bioscope. (more...)

American Repertory Theater Presents the New England Premiere of FINGERSMITH
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University begins performances of FINGERSMITH by Alexa Junge, based on the novel by Sarah Waters, directed by Bill Rauch. Performances begin on Sunday, December 4, 2016 and run through Sunday, January 8, 2017 at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge. (more...)

Special Halloween Show CHILLS AND THRILLS Set for Little Fish Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

Little Fish Theatre is excited to present Chills and Thrills, a limited-run presentation of five short plays written in the Halloween spirit.  (more...)

National Theatre Live Presents THE DEEP BLUE SEA by Terrence Rattigan
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

Playing one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama, Helen McCrory (Medea and The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre, Penny Dreadful, Peaky Blinders) returns to the National Theatre in Terence Rattigan's devastating masterpiece. Tom Burke (War and Peace, The Musketeers) also stars in this critically acclaimed new production directed by Carrie Cracknell. (more...)

Ben Rimalower to Return to The Duplex with PATTI ISSUES / BAD WITH MONEY Double Bill
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2016

Ben Rimalower brings back his acclaimed long-running solo plays, PATTI ISSUES (about his obsession with Broadway diva Patti LuPone and his relationship with his troubled gay father) and BAD WITH MONEY (about how an addiction to spending beyond his means has driven him to extreme lengths all his life) at The Duplex (61 Christopher Street at Seventh Avenue) on Saturday, November 19th and Monday, December 19th.  (more...)

Nigel Barrett to Play 'Big Bad Wolf' in BADDIES: THE MUSICAL at Unicorn; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2016

Full casting is announced on Baddies: the Musical, which returns for Christmas with new staging and choreography from Caroline Pope, this follows last year's hugely successful and critically acclaimed sold-out run.  Artistic Director Purni Morell directs this deliciously artful and mischievously comic (anti) musical about fairytales much feared anti-heroes. (more...)

Cast and Creative Team Set for THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2016

The Old Globe today announced the cast and creative team for The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program presentation of William Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona, running November 12 - November 20 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, directed by Richard Seer, Director of Professional Training for the M.F.A. program, as part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Opening night is Saturday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

BWW Review: Seattle Shake's MEDEA ¬Ė A Shining Performance Disrupted by Gimmicks
by Jay Irwin - Oct 27, 2016

Euripides' tragic title character in 'Medea' is one of those parts that actresses give their eye teeth (or even sacrifice their children) to play. She's a strong and committed woman with a wildly emotional arc. So with a role such as this where it's really all up to the lead, for the rest of the production I find it best to follow the rule of KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). Unfortunately director Kelly Kitchens and the folks at Seattle Shakespeare Company had other ideas with their current production as it was so laden down with their storytelling gimmicks that the story and the stunning lead performance became diluted. (more...)

National Theatre of London in HD Comes to the Big Screen at The Ridgefield Playhouse on 11/11
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2016

Craig's Fine Jewelry Live in HD Series at The Ridgefield Playhouse brings an encore screening of National Theatre of London in HD The Deep Blue Sea on Friday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m.  Helen McCrory (Medea and The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre, Penny Dreadful, Peaky Blinders) returns to the National Theatre in Terence Rattigan's devastating masterpiece, playing one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama. Tom Burke (War and Peace, The Musketeers) also features in Carrie Cracknell's critically acclaimed new production.   (more...)

Second Show Announced for IVANKA: A MEDEA FOR RIGHT NOW
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

Actor's Express presents a reading of Joshua Harmon's comedy Ivanka: A Medea for Right Now for a one-night special engagement on October 30, 2016 at 7 PM and 9 PM. (more...)

Billy Strayhorn Musical LUSH LIFE to Premiere Next Month at the Matrix
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

CEK Productions presents the World Premiere of LUSH LIFE, book by Carole Eglash-Kosoff, musical direction and arrangements by Rahn Coleman, choreography by Cassie Crump and direction by John Henry Davis. LUSH LIFE begins previews Friday, November 11, 2016 and opens Friday, November 18 at 8pm. The production runs through Sunday, December 18 at the Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood. (more...)

Playwrights Foundation Announces the 11th Annual Rough Readings Series
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

Playwrights Foundation (PF) is pleased to announce the line-up of playwrights for the 2016-2017 Rough Readings Series in partnership with the National Center for New Plays at Stanford University, now in its 11th year. Beginning October 24th and 25th with workshop early draft  readings of ALL FALL DOWN by Lisa Ramirez (PF Resident Playwright), the series continues monthly December 2016 through May 2017 with seven exceptional new works that are pushing into new theatrical territory, challenging assumptions, and presenting deeply felt dilemmas within our culture and world society. (more...)

October is Packed Full of NNPN Rolling World Premieres from New York to Alaska
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

(The) National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, celebrates an October filled with NNPN Rolling World Premieres (RWP), including Bars and Measures by Idris Goodwin at The Theatre @ Boston Court (playing until October 23); Pulp by Joseph Zettelmaier at Williamston Theatre (playing until October 23) and Know Theatre of Cincinnati (playing until October 27); Not Medea by Allison Gregory at Perseverance Theatre (playing in Juneau until November 6 and Anchorage November 11-20); Into the Beautiful North by Karen Zacarias at Central Works (playing until November 13); and Church and State by Jason Odell Williams at JCC CenterStage (Oct 22 - Nov 6). (more...)

Playwrights Foundation Announces the 11th Annual Rough Readings Series
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2016

Playwrights Foundation (PF) is pleased to announce the line-up of playwrights for the 2016-2017 Rough Readings Series in partnership with the National Center for New Plays at Stanford University, now in its 11th year. Beginning October 24th and 25th with workshop early draft  readings of ALL FALL DOWN by Lisa Ramirez (PF Resident Playwright), the series continues monthly December 2016 through May 2017 with seven exceptional new works that are pushing into new theatrical territory, challenging assumptions, and presenting deeply felt dilemmas within our culture and world society. (more...)

Actors Express to Present Reading of Joshua Harmon's IVANKA: A MEDEA FOR RIGHT NOW 10/30
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2016

Actor's Express presents a reading of Joshua Harmon's comedy Ivanka: A Medea for Right Now for a one-night special engagement on October 30, 2016 at 7 PM. Directed by A. Julian Verner, this performance is free and open to the public. (more...)

Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra Presents Barber, Dvorak, and Theofanidis, 11/12
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra's music director Larry Rachleff takes the podium on Saturday, November 12 with violinist Alexander Kerr playing Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto. The Orchestra will also perform Dvorak's Sixth Symphony and Dreamtime Ancestors, a 2015 composition by Christopher Theofanidis. The concert is Saturday, November 12 at 8:00pm, with an Open Rehearsal Friday, November 11 at 5:30pm. (more...)

OSF Closes its 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival wrapped up the 2016 season on October 30 with the final performances of Great Expectations, Richard II, Twelfth Night and The Yeomen of the Guard. Preparations for the 2017 season and 2017 member ticket sales are already underway. The 2017 opening weekend is February 24-26; preview performances begin February 17. (more...)

Wexford Festival Opera Celebrates 2016 and Teases 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2016

The curtain fell on the 65th Wexford Festival Opera this evening as more than 850 people including audience, cast, crew and volunteers all joined hands and sang 'Auld Lang Syne' in harmony bringing the world-renowned international festival to a theatrical close.     (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Connecticut - Week of 11/06/2016
by BWW - Nov 6, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 11/06/2016 for Connecticut (more...)

Two Time Tony Award Winner Michael Blakemore to Direct the UK Premiere of THE LIFE Starring Sharon D. Clarke & Cornell S. John
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

Arriving in the UK for the first time, hit musical The Life makes its long awaited London debut, directed by the show's original Broadway director Michael Blakemore. (more...)

DTC Will Welcome First Female as 'Scrooge' in A CHRISTMAS CAROL This Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

Dallas Theater Center's hit production of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol returns to the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. (more...)

Brown/Trinity Rep to Present THE TAMING OF THE SHREW and THE WINTER'S TALE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

The Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Programs kick off their season by breathing new life into two of Shakespeare's classics. The Taming of the Shrew, under the direction of Kate Bergstrom ('18), runs October 20-23, 2016 and The Winter's Tale, directed by Mauricio Salgado ('18) runs November 3-6, 2016. (more...)

Twelfth Edition of PS122's Coil Features Dance, Theater, Virtual Reality and More
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Performance Space 122's annual performance festival, Coil, returns for its twelfth edition with 13 individual events. The festival explores the constant vitality of live performance in New York City through contemporary artists from diverse genres, cultures and perspectives. Featuring work created locally, across the U.S., and around the world, Coil is known for its groundbreaking contemporary performance across interdisciplinary art, working with new technologies and forms. Through installations, live and virtual practices, PS122 is committed to redefining how, where, and when performance is experienced. (more...)

Photo Flash: BLOODLETTING Returns in January to Atwater Village Theater Following Sold-out Run
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Playwrights' Arena's world premiere Ovation Recommended production of BLOODLETTING by Boni B. Alvarez, which sold out its initial five week run in November, returns to the Atwater Village Theater in January for only 4 weeks starting January 7th to January 29th. (more...)

Amphibian Stage Productions Announces its 18th Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Amphibian Stage Productions is proud to announce its 2017 Season, featuring regional and world premieres of work by award-winning playwrights, a New Play Festival highlighting women playwrights, and the return of the Phib Comedy Series with an all-star cast of comedians curated by Baron Vaughn, as well as the National Theatre Live screenings in partnership with The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. (more...)

Cast Announced for ATC/Orange Tree Theatre's WINTER SOLSTICE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

The cast for Winter Solstice, which receives its English Language premiere at the Orange Tree Theatre in early 2017, has been announced. (more...)

Casting Announced for D.C. Premiere of ROE by Lisa Loomer
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

Following an acclaimed run at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Lisa Loomer's world-premiere drama Roe makes its D.C. debut at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. (more...)

Charles Mee's LIFE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON Gets Reading at Abingdon This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

Abingdon Theatre Company launches its Ghostlight Reading Series with LIFE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON by Charles Mee on November 28 at 7pm. The reading is free and open to the public at Abingdon Theatre Company's June Havoc Theatre (312 West 36th Street). Leon Ingulsrud is set to direct. (more...)

Rediscovered Tony Harrison Play Opens 2017 at the Finborough Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

In a new production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, the rediscovery of Tony Harrison's The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus in its first London production for nearly 30 years opens at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season. (more...)

BWW Review: THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST'S WIFE Explores What it Takes to Unravel a Mid-Life Crisis
by Shari Barrett - Nov 20, 2016

With more than twenty-five plays, three screenplays and numerous books to his credit, American actor, screenwriter, playwright and female impersonator Charles Busch is known for his appearances on stage in his own camp style plays and in film and television. His offbeat comedy "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife" is probably his best-known and most "normal" play, which was a hit on Broadway running for more than 700 performances. It was nominated for several Tony awards including Best Play (Mr. Busch), Best Actress (Linda Lavin) and Best Featured Actress (Michele Lee), and can now be seen onstage at Theatre Palisades' Pierson Playhouse through December 11. (more...)

La Mirada Theatre and Center Theatre Group Lead 27th Annual Ovation Award Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2016

Nominees for the 27th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards were announced today. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at CEK Productions' World Premiere of WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2016

CEK Productions presents the World Premiere of WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES, book by Carole Eglash-Kosoff, musical direction and arrangements by Rahn Coleman, choreography by Cassie Crump and direction by John Henry Davis. WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES begins previews Friday, November 11, 2016 and opens Friday, November 18 at 8pm. The production runs through Sunday, December 18 at the Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood. (more...)

Archway Theatre Announces 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016

The Archway Theatre has announced that it will present a 2017 season of eight major productions ranging from great classics such as 'Cyrano de Bergerac,' to an original adaptation of the classic modern horror masterpiece, 'Night of The Living Dead.' (more...)

LET THERE BE LIGHT: Lucy Carter On Dance, Multimedia and Expressing Ideas
by Marianka Swain - Nov 14, 2016

The latest instalment of LET THERE BE LIGHT, our series showcasing some of Britain's best theatrical lighting designers, focuses on Lucy Carter. A regular collaborator with Wayne McGregor, as well as numerous other leading choreographers and dance companies, she's also worked on operas and plays, including Husbands & Sons at the National Theatre and Oil, currently playing at the Almeida. (more...)

MasterVoices to Present Bach's ST. JOHN PASSION at Carnegie Hall This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale), celebrating its 75th anniversary during the 2016-2017 season, presents St. John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach on February 9, 2017 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall (57th Street and 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019). (more...)

Casting Announced for PROMISES, PROMISES at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

Final casting is today announced for the first London production in 20 years of the hit Burt Bacharach/Hal David/Neil Simon Broadway musical Promises, Promises, based on the Billy Wilder film The Apartment. (more...)

Upcoming World Premiere Musical 'LUSH LIFE' changes its title to 'WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

CEK Productions presents the World Premiere of WHEN JAZZ HAD THE BLUES, book by Carole Eglash-Kosoff, musical direction and arrangements by Rahn Coleman, choreography by Cassie Crump and direction by John Henry Davis. (more...)

Casting Announced for the Burt Bacharach Hal David & Neil Simon Musical PROMISES PROMISES at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

Final casting is today announced for the first London production in 20 years of the hit Burt Bacharach/Hal David/Neil Simon Broadway musical Promises, Promises, based on the Billy Wilder film The Apartment. (more...)

Artistic Director Of Sheffield Theatres Robert Hastie Announces His Inaugural Season
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres Robert Hastie today announces his inaugural season. The new season opens with Hastie directing William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar bringing Shakespeare back to the Crucible; this will be followed in the Studio by the winner of the new annual RTST Director Award Scheme Kate Hewitt directing the regional premiere of Nina Raine's Tribes.   (more...)

Rebecca Trehearn joins Cast for Christmas Musical Productions at Salisbury Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

Rebecca Trehearn is to join the cast of Salisbury Playhouse's Christmas musical productions in The Salberg - The Night Before Christmas (5 to 31 December 2016) and A Little of What You Fancy (20 December 2016 to 21 January 2017). (more...)

New Work by Daniel Fish, Virtual Reality Show and More Set for PS122's COIL 2017 Festival; Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2016

Performance Space 122's annual performance festival, Coil, returns for its twelfth edition with 13 individual events. (more...)

MasterVoices Presents ST. JOHN PASSION At Carnegie Hall, 2/9
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

MasterVoices (formerly The Collegiate Chorale), celebrating its 75th anniversary during the 2016-2017 season, presents St. John Passion by Johann Sebastian Bach on February 9, 2017 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall (57th Street and 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019). (more...)

Artistic Director Louise Fischer Announces New Theatre's 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

On Monday 5 December, in front of a packed house, Artistic Director Louise Fischer announced New Theatre's exciting season for 2017. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 4, 2016
by - Dec 4, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 4 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Abigail Breslin, Norbert Leo Butz and More Join The New Group's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2016

The New Group announces additional casting for productions coming up in the company's 2016-2017 Season. (more...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Santa Barbara Regional Awards Update - Ann Bruice, Irwin Appel in Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 2, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Santa Barbara Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

2016 BroadwayWorld Palm Springs Regional Awards Update - Vincent Ortega, Candida Orosco Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 1, 2016

Voting has opened for the 2016 BroadwayWorld Jacksonville Regional Awards, honoring productions which opened between October 2016 and September 2016. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

Mike Bartlett's EARTHQUAKES IN LONDON to Make U.S. Debut at Steep Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2016

Steep Theatre will present the first professional U.S. production of Tony nominee and Olivier Award-winning playwright Mike Bartlett's Earthquakes in London, opening January 26, 2017. Steep's production opens on the heels of another Chicago production of this enormously exciting playwright's work, the critically-acclaimed King Charles III at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Earthquakes will be helmed by one of Chicago's most exciting talents, Steep Ensemble Member and Jeff Award-winning director Jonathan Berry.  Berry recently directed Steppenwolf Theatre's Constellations, and, over the years, has consistently produced some of Steep's most notable shows, including Season 15's Posh by Laura Wade, which won the Non-Equity Jeff Award for Best Ensemble, and was nominated for Best Director and Best Production.  (more...)

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