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The Miracle of MATILDA: Learn What Shows the Creators Are Bringing to Broadway Next!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2016

A perfect storm of creators came together to create the show, and as BroadwayWorld prepares to say goodbye to this beautiful production, we're revisiting their work and recapping what they've been up to since 2013. (more...)

Photo Flash: UNNECESSARY FARCE at Playhouse on Park
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2016

Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Countless laughs! Playhouse on Park's Mainstage series continues with Unnecessary Farce, written by West Hartford native Paul Slade Smith. Opening night is Friday, November 4, at 8:00pm, with a complimentary pre-performance wine and cheese reception starting at 7pm.   (more...)


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BWW Preview: PETER & THE STARCATCHER at
by Tara Bennett - Nov 7, 2016

Theatre Baton Rouge invites you to take a nostalgic trip to Neverland in their current production of PETER & THE STARCATCHER, a prequel to the timeless J. M. Barrie story of Peter Pan, featuring the incorrigible boy who can fly but never wants to grow up. (more...)

Jeff Swearingen's THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE to Return to Fun House
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

It has been four years since Fun House Theatre and Film took audiences back to the 1980's and told the tale of the night Dan Quayle saved Christmas. In the show that Fun House fans have never stopped clamoring for, Jeff Swearingen and his crew of small but mighty actors do what they do best in creating an original story that appeals to adults and children alike. (more...)

ORPHANS & OUTSIDERS to Make World Premiere This Week at the John Cullum Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

Beginning this Thursday, November 10, the John Cullum Theatre will host the world premiere of Orphans & Outsiders, a new play that speaks to America's divisive political climate. (more...)

Organic Candy Factory to Offer the First Kosher and Organic Gummy Bear
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

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Cast Announced for Connecticut Premiere of UNNECESSARY FARCE at Playhouse on Park
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. Go! Playhouse on Park's Mainstage series continues with Unnecessary Farce, written by West Hartford native Paul Slade Smith. Opening night is Today, November 4, at 8:00pm, with a complimentary pre-performance wine and cheese reception from 7pm-8pm.   (more...)

Performing Arts Fort Worth is Proud to Present the U.S. National Tour of ANNIE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Performing Arts Fort Worth is proud to present the U.S. national tour of ANNIE, now in its third smash year, at Bass Performance Hall January 17-22. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin, this production of ANNIE is a brand-new incarnation of the iconic Tony Award®-winning original. (more...)

Sony Classical to Release LION Original Motion Picture Soundtrack This Weekend
by Movies News Desk - Nov 23, 2016

Sony Classical has announced the release of Lion (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with score music by Dustin O'Halloran and Hauschka available digitally November 25 and on CD December 2. (more...)

Leapin' Lizards! ANNIE is Almost Here!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2016

The U.S. National Tour of ANNIE, now in its third smash year, will play December 13-18 at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Memphis. (more...)

ANNIE to Play San Jose Center for the Performing Arts
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2016

Broadway San Jose, a Nederlander Presentation, is proud to announce that the U.S. National Tour of ANNIE, now in its third smash year, will play January 6 - 8, 2017 at The Center for the Performing Arts in San Jose (255 S. Almaden Blvd.). Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production of ANNIE is a brand new incarnation of the iconic Tony Award®-winning original. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - November 19, 2016
by - Nov 19, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on November 19 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

THE BABYLON LINE Author, Director to Continue Lincoln Center Theater's Platform Series
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

Lincoln Center Theater Platform Series, a forum for public discussion between Lincoln Center Theater artists and theatergoers, continues on Thursday, December 1 at 6pm, with THE BABYLON LINE author Richard Greenberg and director Terry Kinney. They will be interviewed by LCT Dramaturg Anne Cattaneo. (more...)

Local Kids, Broadway Stars to Take the Stage in Pioneer Theatre Company's OLIVER!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Pioneer Theatre Company presents Oliver!, the award-winning musical by Lionel Bart inspired by the orphan's tale, Oliver Twist, written by Charles Dickens. Oliver! runs December 2 to December 17, 2016. (more...)

1812 Productions Presents THE CAROLS, A World Premiere Holiday Musical
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

1812 Productions continues its 20th anniversary season with The Carols, an original musical set in the small town of Picatinny, NJ during World War II. It's Christmastime in 1943 and the local VFW is empty. The community waits for their loved ones to return from foreign battlefields and no one is particularly interested in the Hall's annual performance of A Christmas Carol. (more...)

JT Olson Releases Memoir
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ JT Olson, founder of Both Hands, will be releasing his debut novel, Both Hands: The Orphan, the Widow & Me on February 7, 2017. (more...)

BWW Review: PETER & THE STARCATCHER at Theatre Baton Rouge
by Tara Bennett - Nov 10, 2016

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UGLY LIES THE BONE's Mamie Gummer and More to Honor Lindsey Ferrentino at Kesselring Ceremony
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

The beloved award-winning actress Tovah Feldshuh and actress Mamie Gummer will be among those on hand to salute playwright Lindsey Ferrentino when she receives the 2016 Kesselring Prize for Playwriting on Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 pm at the National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South).  (more...)

THE BABYLON LINE Begins Tonight at Lincoln Center Theater
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

Lincoln Center Theater presents Richard Greenberg's new play THE BABYLON LINE this fall in the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65th Street). The production, directed by Terry Kinney, features Maddie Corman, Randy Graff, Julie Halston, Michael Oberholtzer, Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Reaser, and Frank Wood, and begins performances tonight, November 10. Opening night is Monday, December 5. (more...)

Brelby's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Takes Glendale by Storm 1/20
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

About his (and Ridley Pearson's) prequel to Peter Pan, writer/humorist Dave Barry said, 'When you write for adults, unless you happen to write some kind of transcendent classic, it's pretty much forgotten within a few months. But kids read a book, and tell their friends, and tell their brothers and their sisters, and they read it again. There's a lot longer shelf life.' (more...)

Hartford Stage Adds Shaw's HEARTBREAK HOUSE to Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

Darko Tresnjak, Artistic Director, and Michael Stotts, Managing Director, announced today that George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House, with its particular relevance to today's social climate, will replace Saint Joan as the final play of the 2016-17 season. Tresnjak will direct. (more...)

VIDEO: Netflix Shares Two New Promos for 'SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS'
by TV News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

Neil Patrick Harris stars as Count Olaf in the upcoming Netflix original series LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS. (more...)

Kelly Bowlin & The Orphans to Release 'Are You Listening,' 1/13
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

Kelly Bowlin And The Orphans today announced the January 13, 2017 release of Are You Listening, an 18-song compilation of their amazingly varied yet always rockin' songs. (more...)

Tickets on Sale Today for AN EVENING WITH ELAYNE BOOSLER at Dr. Phillips Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announces a night of laughter and conversation with comedian, writer and animal activist Elayne Boosler. (more...)

Philippe Bowgen, Donald Faison, Hal Linden, Justin Long, Luna Velez and More Tapped for PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for its revival of Steve Martin's clever and crowd-pleasing comedy hit Picasso at the Lapin Agile. (more...)

Review Roundup - Netflix's LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
by TV News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

Neil Patrick Harris stars as Count Olaf in the upcoming Netflix original series LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS. The eight-eisode series premieres worldwide on Friday, January 13, 2017 only on Netflix. (more...)

Comic Memoir DAVID'S FRIEND Starring Nora Burns at La MaMa Looks Back to '80s NYC
by BWW News Desk - Jan 5, 2017

A powerful new comic memoir about the electrifying joy and intoxicating madness of New York City in the 1980s will take the stage at The Club at La MaMa from January 27 through February 5, created by and starring veteran downtown performer Nora Burns. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Netflix Releases Featurette for A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS
by Stage Tube - Jan 17, 2017

If there is one thing more unfortunate than the launch of the Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events, it was the making of this truly dreadful series. Today, Netflix released a featurette detailing the collective misery involved in bringing this most regrettable tale to life. (more...)

Two NNPN Rolling World Premieres in Conversation in Indianapolis and Philadelphia
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2017

National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, is supporting two plays that reflect on experiences of the Rwandan genocide through its Rolling World Premieres program. How to Use a Knife by Will Snider and Dogs of Rwanda by Sean Christopher Lewis each offer a look into the intersections of identity, truth-telling, and accountability through stories that ask what it means to be human in a world of deep and pervasive ethnic conflict. (more...)

BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Makes You Want to Fly
by Trevor Durham - Jan 13, 2017

A two and a half hour marathon of absurdism, clever dancing around endless prop pieces, Peter and the Starcatcher is the most intriguing theatrical experiment an audience could have ever envisioned from such a colorful flight to Neverland. (more...)

Hartford Stage Joins Hands with More Than 300 Theatres Nationwide for The Ghostlight Project
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Darko Tresnjak, Artistic Director, and Michael Stotts, Managing Director, announced today that Hartford Stage will join hands with more than 300 theatres nationwide for the launch of The Ghostlight Project, a national expression of unity among artists and audiences, at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, in the Geo and Laura Estes Lobby. (more...)

Inge Center's Karen Carpenter to Direct AFTERGLOW Reading in NYC
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

William Inge Center for the Arts Artistic Director Karen Carpenter takes a sojourn from Kansas to New York City to direct a presentation of the new comedy 'Afterglow.'  (more...)

ANNIE to Play the Fox Theatre 3/17 – 3/19
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta is proud to announce that the U.S. National Tour of ANNIE, now in its third smash year, will play five performances March 17 - 19, 2017 at the Fox Theatre as a special addition to the 2016/2017 season. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production of ANNIE is a brand new incarnation of the iconic Tony Award®-winning original. (more...)

Tony Winner Darko Tresnjak Extends Stay as Artistic Director of Hartford Stage
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Sue Ann Collins, president of the Board of Directors of Hartford Stage, announced today that Darko Tresnjak, artistic director since 2012, has extended his contract through June 2019. (more...)

Madonna Raise Over 7.5 Million Dollars for 'Raising Malawi'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

Madonna's evening of music, art, mischief and performance raised over 7.5 million dollars for the superstar's Raising Malawi foundation during Art Basel on Friday, December 2, 2016 at the Faena Forum in Miami Beach, FL. (more...)

BWW Review: Book Passage for MURDER ON THE POLAR EXPRESS
by Nancy Grossman - Dec 5, 2016

The Gold Dust Orphans' 2016 Christmas show features "The World's Foremost Drag Detective" Shirley Holmes and her sidekick Dr. Jody Watley attempting to solve a series of mysterious deaths in Ryan Landry's MURDER ON THE POLAR EXPRESS. Directed by Larry Coen, it has an impressive roster of veterans and newcomers playing all of your favorite fictional Christmas characters, and a cameo appearance by Rhoda, the dog. Scott Martino's costumes are to-die-for, and Meredith Langton and the GlitterPuss Dancers kick up a (snow)storm. (more...)

BWW Review: Penobscot Theatre Greets Holiday Season with OLIVER!
by Carla Maria Verdino-Sllwold - Dec 5, 2016

Bangor's Penobscot Theatre Company is devoting the month of December to a jaunty, spirited production of the Lionel Bart musical, Oliver!. Directed/choreographed by Allison Bibicoff, production is clearly a labor of love, employing (for this theatre) a moderately large cast and the best of the company's current resources. The result is energetic and entertaining with moments of engaging drama. (more...)

BWW Review: RWM Presents ANNIE; Show Closes 12/11
by Jared Echevarria - Dec 4, 2016

The plucky red-haired girl that conquered our hearts so many times over has finally returned to town as Resorts World Manila's (RWM) production of Martin Charnin and Charles Strouse's ANNIE continues to play the Newport Performing Arts Theatre until December 11. (more...)

BWW Review: PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, Royal and Derngate, 2 December 2016
by Verity Wilde - Dec 3, 2016

Making the European premiere of Peter and the Starcatcher the not-panto Christmas show in Northampton's Royal Theatre may well have been an inspired move by the powers-that-be at Royal and Derngate. There are no soap stars, celebrities or Britain's Got Talent competitors here, but it does feel like it has some shared DNA with a pantomime. There's a dame - Michael Matus's Mrs Bumbrake; an evilly over-the-top baddie you can't take your eyes off in Greg Haiste's Lord Flashheart-eque Black Stache; and Evelyn Hoskins' Molly is practically a Principal Boy. And that's before you get to the fact that this is a prequel of sorts to Peter Pan. There's jokes about farts for children, about British colonialism for grown-ups and about Philip Glass for the geeks. (more...)

Darko Tresnjak's Island-Set COMEDY OF ERRORS Finds Full Cast, Creative Team at Hartford Stage
by BWW News Desk - Dec 28, 2016

Hartford Stage Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak and Managing Director Michael Stotts announced today the creative team and cast - a lively ensemble of actors, singers, dancers, musicians and acrobats - for William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, a musical extravaganza directed by Tresnjak and choreographed by Peggy Hickey. The show plays January 12 to February 12. (more...)

Phoenix Theatre to Stage NNPN Rolling World Premiere of DOGS OF RWANDA
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2016

Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis announces the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Dogs of Rwanda opening January 6, 2017 on the Livia and Steve Russell Stage. This production runs through January 15, 2017, with Bryan Fonseca serving as director. (more...)

2016 Year in Review: Gary Naylor's Best and Worst of Theatre
by Gary Naylor - Dec 19, 2016

Gary Naylor looks back on 148 shows reviewed in 2016 and picks his Christmas turkeys and Christmas crackers. (more...)

BWW Review: Ahmanson Welcomes Charming AMELIE
by Don Grigware - Dec 19, 2016

Amelie A New Musical, based on the 2001 French film Amelie, has a magical charm that reminds one of Matilda, at least in the beginning scenes. We meet the young Amelie (Savvy Crawford) who enters through a picture frame (see photo at left) and proceeds to tell her story, quite sad in fact, for she is saddled with a heart condition and difficult parents who keep her isolated and unhappy. Her mother meets a tragic, almost freakish demise and Amelie is brought up by her father who lives in a world of his own. As she matures, she realizes her lot in life will be to make other people happy. Now onstage at the Ahmanson Theatre through January 15, Amelie A New Musical has some wonderfully imaginative moments and a sparkling cast under the fast-paced direction of Pam MacKinnon. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 17, 2016
by - Dec 17, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on December 17 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

'Tomorrow' Is Just Around The Corner!! ANNIE Drops In At The McCallum For A Limited Engagement!
by David Green - Dec 16, 2016

The McCallum Theatre is proud to announce that the U.S. National Tour of ANNIE, now in its third smash year, will play three performances - Tuesday, January 10, at 8:00pm and Wednesday, January 11, at 2:00pm and 8:00pm. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin for the 19th time, this production of ANNIE is a brand new incarnation of the iconic Tony Award®-winning original. ANNIE has a book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Martin Charnin. All three authors received 1977 Tony Awards® for their work.  Choreography is by Liza Gennaro, who has incorporated selections from her father Peter Gennaro's 1977 Tony Award®-winning choreography.   (more...)

BWW Interview: Justin Vivian Bond Talks THE BIPOLAR EXPRESS, Queer Role Models, and Why the Holidays Are a Nightmare
by Troy Frisby - Dec 16, 2016

Mx Justin Vivian Bond is a force of nature with more than a quarter century onstage under v's (Bond's preferred pronoun) belt. A singular performer with an endless supply of bon mots, Bond has been celebrated with an Obie Award, a Bessie, a Tony nod, and the Ethyl Eichelberger Award, among other accolades. Fresh off a year-long career retrospective culminating in September's THE GOLDEN AGE OF JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND, v returns to Joe's Pub on December 12 at 9:30pm with a new holiday show, THE BIPOLAR EXPRESS. Ahead of the first show, we spoke over the phone about the show, v's enduring career, and the holidays themselves. (more...)

BWW Interview: Katie Davis Shines as 'Star To Be' in ANNIE Tour
by Christopher Castanho - Dec 13, 2016

Katie Davis, a recent graduate from Belmont University's Musical Theatre program, is portraying the featured ensemble member 'Star To Be', a young and optimistic actress who just moved to the dazzling 'NYC'. Davis has been noted as being a 'standout' ensemble member from the Chicago Theatre Review. I was lucky enough to sit down and check in with Katie on how her experience being on the Annie National Tour is going. (more...)

Heidi Blickenstaff, Emma Hunton to Reprise Roles in Disney's FREAKY FRIDAY at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2016

La Jolla Playhouse has announced the two lead roles for its upcoming production of Freaky Friday, book by Bridget Carpenter (TV's 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Parenthood'), music and lyrics by the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning team of Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (Next to Normal, If/Then), based on the novel 'Freaky Friday' by Mary Rodgers and the Walt Disney motion pictures, to be directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, running January 31 - March 12, 2017 in the Mandell Weiss Theatre. (more...)

Austin Pendleton to Star in House Red Theatre's CONSIDER THE LILIES This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

Celebrated actor/director/playwright Austin Pendleton* (Bway: Fiddler on the Roof, Diary of Anne Frank; Grand Hotel; Film: 'A Beautiful Mind,' 'Finding Nemo,' 'Finding Dory') stars in House Red Theatre Company's inaugural production of Consider the Lilies by Stuart Fail. (more...)

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