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Acorn Productions Teams with Maine Charitable Mechanics Association for New Performance Space
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Acorn Productions, the 501(c)3 organization that operates the Naked Shakespeare series, has entered into a collaborative agreement with the Maine Charitable Mechanics Association (MCMA), the non-profit organization that owns and operates Mechanics Hall, located at 519 Congress Street, to complete the final stages of renovations to the third floor ballroom space so that the venue can be licensed for public performances. (more...)

Paige Davis & John Cariani to Lead Barrington Stage's DANCING LESSONS, Running 8/7-24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, presents the world premiere of Dancing Lessons, the new romantic comedy by playwright and BSC Associate Artist Mark St. Germain from August 7 - 24. Opening night is August 13 at 7pm. (more...)

The Shakespeare Theatre Offering Classes for Adults and Students
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is thrilled to announce an expanded roster of offerings for the upcoming Fall Semester of its Shakespeare Theatre Academy. (more...)

Actors Co-Op to Present THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD at the Crossley Theatre, 9/17-10/26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

Actors Co-op announces its first show in its 2014-2015 season (and 23rd year of producing theatrical excellence in Los Angeles!) with an immersive and environmental production of the five-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical 'Whodunit,' THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, book, music and lyrics by Rupert Holmes, choreography by Julie Hall, musical direction by Jake Anthony and directed by Stephen Van Dorn. THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD will begin previews on Wednesday, September 17 and Thursday, September 18 at 8pm and will open on Friday, September 19 at 8pm and run through Sunday, October 26 at the Actors Co-op Crossley Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St. (on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) in Hollywood. (more...)

OLIVES AND BLOOD, CLOUD 9 and More Set for CRT's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

The Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) announces its 2014-15 Season, filled with classic comedies and challenging, engaging new work. The 2014-15 Season is full of characters in search of their identity. Their journeys explore the dramatic moments and decisions that allow for self-discovery. (more...)

Long Wharf Theatre's Youth Ensemble to Present MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, 8/21-24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

Long Wharf Theatre's Shake-it-up-Shakespeare Youth Ensemble brings its unique take on the classics to Much Ado About Nothing, performed on Stage II, August 21-24. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Jonathan Epstein's Adaptation of HENRY IV at Shakespeare & Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

A sweeping spectacle of bawdy buffoonery and bloody rebellion, director Jonathan Epstein's razor sharp and condensed adaptation of Henry IV delivers both parts in one dynamic evening of theatre at Shakespeare & Company. Performances run in the Tina Packer Playhouse August 2 - August 31. Press Opening is Friday, August 7, at 7:00pm. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal below! (more...)

Inside Look at Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park on THE ENSEMBLIST
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2014

Mo Brady and Nikka Graff Lanzarone announce the release of The Ensemblist's 28th episode: "Shakespeare in the Park." (more...)

Mermaid Sand and Breezy Productions Present PORNOLOGUES, 8/4
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2014

Mermaid Sand Productions and Breezy Prodcutions present PORNOLOGUES- An evening of monologues benefitting the upcoming production of All's Well That Ends Happy by Sarah Shaefer. (more...)

Seattle Shakespeare Company Celebrates 13 Continuous Seasons of Financial Success
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

After closing out the financial records for Seattle Shakespeare Company's 2013-2014 season, Managing Director John Bradshaw announced that the company ended the year in the black with revenues of $1.6 million, a record high for the company. This is the 13th year in a row that the company has ended the season with a positive fund balance. (more...)

Casting and Cameo Groups Announced for Free Public Works' Musical Adaptation of THE WINTER'S TALE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Following last year's acclaimed Public Works production of The Tempest, The Public Theater will continue this community-based initiative this September with a free original musical adaptation of Shakespeare's THE WINTER'S TALE. Featuring more than 200 New Yorkers from all five boroughs performing alongside professional actors and The Public's community partners, Public Works' THE WINTER'S TALE will run for three nights only, September 5-7, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Free tickets will be distributed, two per person, at 12:00 p.m. on the day of the show at the Delacorte Theater and via the Virtual Ticketing lottery at www.publictheater.org. (more...)

Signature Extends THE WAYSIDE MOTOR INN, with Marc Kudisch & Rebecca Henderson, Through 9/28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Signature Theatre has announced a one-week extension for THE WAYSIDE MOTOR INN by A.R. Gurney, directed by Lila Neugebauer. The production will now play through Sunday, September 28, 2014. THE WAYSIDE MOTOR INN begins performances on Tuesday, August 12 and opens Thursday, September 4 in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). Limited $25 subsidized tickets remain for the production's initial run. Tickets during the extension week start at $55 each. (more...)

Denzel Washington to Receive Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award; EQUALIZER to Open San Sebastian Festival
by Movies News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

During the opening gala the star of the film, Denzel Washington, will be presented with the Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award. (more...)

Site-Specific Production of PROOF to Open 8/21 at Sycamore Hill
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

A production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Proof, by David Auburn, will open Thursday, August 21 for a four-performance run at Sycamore Hill, the home of Drs. Veronica Covalesky and Nick Leasure, at 481 Ebelhare Road in Pottstown, PA. Directed by Seth Reich, the production features a cast of New York actors who will perform the play on the actual porch of the Sycamore Hill home. (more...)

The Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival Presents ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA in the Fascist 1930s, Now Through 8/3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2014

Shakespeare's classic historical tragedy will be performed at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from July 18 through August 3 in scenic Kingsmen Park at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. The festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking and pre-show entertainment begins at 6:25 p.m. (more...)

Midsommer Flight's Outdoor Production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Opens Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Midsommer Flight announces its third summer season of Shakespeare in the Park with the delightful comedy Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare and directed by Midsommer Flight's Founder and Producing Artistic Director Beth Wolf. Dedicated to presenting outdoor performances of Shakespeare's plays, Midsommer Flight is a proud arts partner with the Chicago Park District. Much Ado About Nothing runs July 19 through August 24, Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The July 19 - 20 and 26 - 27 performances are at Schreiber Park, 1552 W. Schreiber Avenue, in the field at the corner of Bosworth Avenue and Schreiber Avenue. August 2 - 3 and 9 - 10 performances are at Gross Park, 2708 W. Lawrence Avenue, at the north end of the park along Gunnison Street. The August 16 - 17 and 23 - 24 performances are at Touhy Park, 7348 N. Paulina Street, in the southeast grove along Paulina Street. All performances will be presented free of charge (donations gratefully accepted). In addition, live music will be presented prior to each performance. Audiences are encouraged to come early and bring a picnic to enjoy this free programming. For more information go to www.midsommerflight.com. (more...)

LEAH IN VEGAS Set for FringeNYC
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

Drift In, Act Out will present the world premiere of Leah in Vegas, a new play by Kara Ayn Napolitano, with direction by Kristin Skye Hoffman (WINNER: Outstanding Direction FringeNYC 2012) as part of the 18th annual New York International Fringe Festival - FringeNYC. (more...)

ANTONY & CLEOPATRA to Play Kingsmen Park, 7/18-8/3
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

Shakespeare's classic historical tragedy will be performed at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from July 18 through August 3 in scenic Kingsmen Park at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. The festival grounds open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking and pre-show entertainment begins at 6:25 p.m. (more...)

Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, Annalee Jefferies and Veanne Cox to Lead the Cast of THE OLD FRIENDS at Houston's Alley Theatre, 8/15-9/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

The 'Alley Theatre @ UH' season begins with Betty Buckley, Hallie Foote, Annalee Jefferies and Veanne Cox in award-winning Texas playwright Horton Foote's The Old Friends, a Southwestern premiere. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes with Joseph Marcell and More in The Globe's KING LEAR, Coming to D.C.'s Folger Theatre
by Stage Tube - Aug 6, 2014

Folger Theatre continues its relationship with Shakespeare's Globe in London with the touring production of KING LEAR, coming to D.C. for a limited engagement of 18 performances, September 5 - 21. Directed by Bill Buckhurst, the acclaimed production has toured for months in the UK, Europe, and Asia. The Folger will be its debut here in the States. Click below to go behind the scenes with the cast and creative team! (more...)

Adriane Lenox, Julia Duffy and Will Lyman Join Malcolm-Jamal Warner in Huntington's GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2014

Huntington Theatre Company announces that Julia Duffy, Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox, and Boston favorite Will Lyman will join the previously announced Malcolm-Jamal Warner in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, the opening production of the 2014 Best of Boston's 33rd season. (more...)

Synetic Theater to Open 2014-15 Season with New Adaptation of THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU, 10/1-11/2
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2014

Synetic Theater will open its 2014/2015 season with a new adaptation of HG Wells' haunting novel The Island of Dr. Moreau directed by and starring Paata Tsikurishvili. (more...)

PORNOLOGUES, With Shorts by David Bar Katz, Rajiv Joseph, Jose Rivera and More, Set for Tonight in NYC
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2014

Mermaid Sand Productions and Breezy Prodcutions present PORNOLOGUES- An evening of monologues benefitting the upcoming production of All's Well That Ends Happy by Sarah Shaefer. The event is set for tonight, August 4, 2014. Doors open at 6:45PM, performance begins at 7:30PM (more...)

Writers Theatre to Open 2014-15 Season with ISAAC'S EYE, Running 9/2-12/7
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2014

Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce Writers Theatre's opener to its 2014/15 season: the Midwest Premiere of Isaac's Eye by Lucas Hnath, directed by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam. The show runs September 2 - December 7, 2014 at Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Ave Ave, Glencoe. The Press Openings are Wednesday, September 10, 2014 and Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 7:30pm. (more...)

Nightlife Award Winner Liam Forde Plays Stage 72 Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2014

Tonight, August 22nd at 7pm, Nightlife, Bistro, and Julie Wilson Award-winner Liam Forde will bring his fleet phantasmagoria to Stage 72. Forde is joined by Tyrone Davis Jr. (Witness Uganda), Marissa Miller, and Jillian Kates Bumpas (Wicked). Christopher Murrah directs. Additional performances have been added September 5th at 9pm and October 24th at 7pm. Here's how the extravaganza is billed: (more...)

Michael Ajao, Paul Bigley, Arthur Byrne and More Set for OUR TOWN at the Almeida Theatre - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Casting is announced for Our Town at the Almeida Theatre. Award-winning US actor-director David Cromer will direct and perform in this intimate version of Thornton Wilder's iconic American play. The cast will also include Michael Ajao, Paul Bigley, Arthur Byrne, Sidney Cole, Kate Dickie, Laura Elsworthy, Anna Francolini, Matthew Jacobs-Morgan, Daniel Kendrick, Simon Lennon, Jessica Lester, Richard Lumsden, Annette McLaughlin, Christopher Staines, Rhashan Stoneand David Walmsley. (more...)

Public Works' THE WINTER'S TALE, Featuring Lindsay Mendez & Christopher Fitzgerald, Begins 9/5
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

The Public Theater will begin free performances for the community-based Public Works production of Shakespeare's THE WINTER'S TALE, conceived and directed by Obie Award winner Lear deBessonet, with music and lyrics by Todd Almond, and choreography by Chase Brock on Friday, September 5. This original musical adaption will run for three nights only through Sunday, September 7 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Free tickets will be distributed, two per person, at 12:00 p.m. on the day of the show at the Delacorte Theater and via the Virtual Ticketing lottery at www.publictheater.org. (more...)

Interview with Actor, James Earl Jones
by Roundabout Theatre Company - Aug 20, 2014

Assistant Director of Education, Mitch Mattson, sat down with actorJames Earl Jones to discuss Jones's upcoming role as 'Grandpa' inYou Can't Take It With You. (more...)

Joe Kinosian & Ian Lowe to Reprise MURDER FOR TWO Roles in Pittsburgh
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

Pittsburgh CLO is proud to announce the cast for the Pittsburgh premiere of original comedy sensation Murder For Two, which will run October 22 through January 18 at the CLO Cabaret. Tickets start at $34.75 and are available at CLOCabaret.com, by calling 412-456-6666 or visiting the Box Office at Theater Square. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits -MAMMA MIA!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 20, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters . BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's MAMMA MIA! below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Signature Theatre's THE WAYSIDE MOTOR INN with Marc Kudisch, Rebecca Henderson & More
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Signature Theatre presents The Wayside Motor Inn by A.R. Gurney, directed by Lila Neugebauer. The production plays through Sunday, September 28, 2014, ahead of an official opening on Thursday, September 4 in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). Limited $25 subsidized tickets remain for the production's initial run. Tickets during the extension week start at $55 each. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

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Richard Eyre's GHOSTS, Starring Lesley Manville and Jack Lowden, Out Online Sept 18
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Digital Theatre is delighted to announce its next title; Richard Eyre's five-star, multi award-winning revival production of Ibsen's Ghosts starring Olivier Award-winners Lesley Manville and Jack Lowden will be available to buy and watch online around the world from Thursday 18 September 2014. (more...)

Center Stage to Premiere New Bob Marley Musical in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Center Stage, the State Theater of Maryland, announced today that it will produce the world premiere of Marley, the first original musical based on both the life and music of cultural icon Bob Marley. With a book and direction by Center Stage artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah, Marley will run from May 6 to June 14, 2015 to close Center Stage's 2014/15 season. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Chemistry Drives Theatricum Botanicum's MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
by Ellen Dostal - Aug 15, 2014

What a wonder is love in the hands of a writer like Shakespeare. Through comedy, tragedy, sonnet and poem, the way he captures lovers and their essence is pure magic. In Much Ado About Nothing, bringing that magic to life rests largely with its leading man and lady, and when a company gets the pairing right, the experience is so thoroughly engaging you never want it to end. (more...)

Jade Anouka, Clare Dunne & More Join Cast of Phyllida Lloyd's All-Female HENRY IV at Donmar
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

In 2012, Phyllida Lloyd's all-female production of Julius Caesar at the Donmar Warehouse placed the play in a women's prison. It stunned audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and challenged the idea of 'who owns Shakespeare?' In one of the schools workshops around the production, teachers heard one of their students, a girl, speak in public for the first time. It couldn't end there. (more...)

Gloucester Stage Company's 35th Anniversary Season to Conclude with FENCER, 8/21-9/7
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Gloucester Stage Company's 35th Anniversary Season wraps up with August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize winning Fences from August 21 through September 7 at the Gorton Theatre, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. The 1987 Winner for Pulitzer Prize in Drama, Fences tells the moving story of Troy Maxson, a former star of the Negro baseball leagues who now works as a garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh. Excluded from the major leagues during his prime, Troy's bitterness takes its toll on his relationships with his family. Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Eric C. Engel directs this powerful and poignant American work with GSC veteran Boston actress Jacqui Parker as Rose Maxson and a cast of GSC newcomers including Daver Morrison as Troy Maxson; Warren Jackson as Lyons; Gregory Marlow as Jim Bono; Jermel Nakia as Gabriel; Jared Brown as Cory and Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops student Bezawit Strong in her professional stage debut as Raynell. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Barrington Stage Company's DANCING LESSONS with Paige Davis & John Cariani Opens
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 14, 2014

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, presents the world premiere of Dancing Lessons, the new romantic comedy by playwright and BSC Associate Artist Mark St. Germain from August 7 - 24. The production officially opened last night, and BroadwayWorld was on the scene to bring you complete photo coverage! (more...)

Toby Schmitz to Direct HOWIE THE ROOKIE at Old Fitzroy Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

Highly acclaimed and much-loved Australian actor, playwright and director Toby Schmitz returns home to direct Andrew Henry (All My Sons, Sydney Theatre Award nomination) and Sean Hawkins (Bell Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing) in a strictly limited season of Howie The Rookie at Sydney's Old Fitzroy Theatre from 30 September to 25 October. (more...)

Stoneham Theatre to Open 15th Season with DOUBT, 9/11-28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

Stoneham Theatre opens its 15th season with Doubt, John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, featuring Karen MacDonald and Gabriel Kuttner in the two lead roles. Performances run from September 11-28 at Stoneham Theatre, 395 Main Street in Stoneham. (more...)

BEYOND DESIRE to Run 21 Nov - 14 Dec at Hayes Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

Loosely based on Shakespeare's Hamlet and E.M Foster's novel Maurice, the World Premiere of Beyond Desire is playing at Hayes Theatre Co from Friday, 21 November - Sunday 14 December 2014. (more...)

Center Stage Announces Cast of the Season's First Production AMADEUS, 9/10 - 10/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Rehearsals begin Tuesday for Amadeus, the first show in Center Stage's 2014/15 Season. Helmed by Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, the production begins previews Sept. 10 and runs until Oct. 12. (more...)

Aaron Sidwell & Louise English Join Cast of BLOCKBUSTER - The Musical
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Aaron Sidwell and Louise English are joining Suzanne Shaw and Paul Nicholas to star in the world premiere of BLOCKBUSTER The Musical, which features the chart- busting hits of the legendary song-writing team Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, who dominated the pop world in the 1970s and 1980s. (more...)

O BABY MINE: SING A SONG OF SHAKESPEARE' Now Available
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

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Signature's THE WAYSIDE MOTOR INN, with Marc Kudisch & Rebecca Henderson, Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Signature Theatre presents The Wayside Motor Inn by A.R. Gurney, directed by Lila Neugebauer. The production will now play through Sunday, September 28, 2014. The Wayside Motor Inn begins performances tonight, August 12 and opens Thursday, September 4 in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). (more...)

Tickets to Midland Center for the Arts' 2014-15 Season Now On Sale
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Tickets to more than 30 performing arts events at Midland Center for the Arts go on sale to the public beginning at noon on August 11. Events take place at Midland Center for the Arts, 1801 West Saint Andrews Road, Midland. Tickets can be purchased at www.mcfta.org or by contacting the Ticket Office at 989-631-8250 or 800-523-7649. (more...)

Lucy Punch to Star as Paige Britain in GREAT BRITAIN, Sept 9
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Lucy Punch will play the leading role of Paige Britain in the West End transfer of Richard Bean's new play,Great Britain. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, the National Theatre's sell out production transfers to theTheatre Royal Haymarket on 9 September 2014 with opening night on 26 September at 7pm. Great Britain's strictly limited run, booking to 10 January 2015, is designed by Tim Hatley, with video design by 59 Productions, lighting by Neil Austin, music by Grant Olding and sound by Paul Arditti. (more...)

Darlinghurst Theatre Company to Stage THE MOTHERF**CKER WITH THE HAT, Begin. 19 September
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Darlinghurst Theatre Company presents a high-octane verbal cage match about love, fidelity and a misplaced hat. The Tony Award-winning Broadway hit The Motherf**ker with the Hat plays from 19 September to 19 October at Eternity Playhouse. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Robinwood Players to Present MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
by Johnna Leary - Aug 1, 2014

Even though the language and settings may have changed over centuries, one situation remains true: romantic relationships are often complicated over simple matters. In the Robinwood Players production of the Shakespearean comedy Much Ado About Nothing, directed by David Dull and running through August 3 at Hagerstown Community College, actors were introduced to the universal themes of love and relationships. (more...)

Television and Stage Star Felicity Kendal Stars in Noel Coward's HAY FEVER at the Marlowe Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2014

FELICITY Kendal stars in Noel Coward's Hay Fever, at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, next month (September). This new production of the hilarious tale of bad manners also stars Simon Shepherd. (more...)

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