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June Squibb Exits DTC's DRIVING MISS DAISY; Annalee Jefferies Steps in
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2014

Dallas Theater Center announced today that Annalee Jefferies will replace June Squibb in the theater's upcoming production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Driving Miss Daisy. Jefferies, a Texas native, returns to DTC for the first time since her performance in The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead. Squibb is leaving the production due to professional conflicts. (more...)

Rogue Machine to Present NICE THINGS, 10/4-11/23
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

Rogue Machine presents the World Premiere of NICE THINGS by Vince Melocchi Opening October 4, 2014 with reception to follow 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, 3pm on Sundays through November 23, 2014 5041 W. Pico Blvd., LA, CA 90019 (more...)

Ari Brand, Lynn Cohen & More to Lead Westport Country Playhouse's CROSSING DELANCY Reading, 12/9
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2013

Casting is announced for the heart-felt, romantic comedy 'Crossing Delancey,' a Script in Hand playreading at Westport Country Playhouse, on Monday, December 9, 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. The play is written by Susan Sandler and directed by Anne Keefe. (more...)

Next Theatre to Open 2014 Season with LUCK OF THE IRISH, 1/16-2/23
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2013

Next Theatre Company has announced the Midwest premiere of Kirsten Greenidge's Luck of the Irish, January 16 - February 23, 2014, directed by Damon Kiely, at Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street. Previews are Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 at 2 p.m. Opening Night is Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 at 7 p.m. (more...)

Lineup Announced for 2014 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, March 19-23
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2013

A stellar group of literary, theater and musical talent will gather for the 2014 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, marking its 28th anniversary, March 19-23. The five-day fete honors the legendary Tennessee Williams, his works, and literary life in the adopted city he called his "spiritual home" and features two days of master classes; a roster of lively discussions among distinguished panelists; celebrity interviews; theater, food and music events; a scholars' conference; short fiction, poetry and one-act play competitions; a breakfast book club; French Quarter literary walking tours; a book fair; and special evening events and parties. (more...)

Matt Bomer Muses On Future Stage Roles, Preferably In Plays Not Musicals
by Pat Cerasaro - May 8, 2014

Versatile stage and screen star Matt Bomer shares his thoughts on taking on a future theatrical headlining gig as well as much more as part of a new interview.Versatile stage and screen star Matt Bomer shares his thoughts on taking on a future theatrical headlining gig as well as much more as part of a new interview. (more...)

Malibu Playhouse Presents the World Premiere of FLIM FLAM: HOUDINI AND THE HEREAFTER', 6/20-8/3
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2014

The fourth play in MALIBU PLAYHOUSE's 2013-2014 season will be the World Premiere of Flim-Flam: Houdini and the Hereafter by Gene Franklin Smith,, opening Friday, June 20, 2014. The play will be directed by Thomas James O'Leary and stars Rick D. Wasserman, Melissa Kite, Gigi Bermingham, Peter Van Norden, Sabra Malkinson and Cameron Mitchell Jr. (more...)

Enda Walsh's PENELOPE to Open 6/14 at Rogue Machine
by BWW News Desk - May 30, 2014

Tony Award winning playwright Enda Walsh will be represented once again at Rogue Machine Theatre when PENELOPE opens on June 14th at 8pm. (more...)

Donna Lynne Champlin to Make Directorial Debut with VALUEVILLE at NYMF, 7/7-13
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

ValueVille, the musical about one man's hellish experience working the night-shift at a giant superstore -- where nothing is what it seems, is an official selection of the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival's Next Link Project (NYMF), and starts on July 7th at PTC Performance Space. ValueVille is one of the 10 plays chosen from among the over 250 submissions to this year's festival. (more...)

MASTER WORKS: THE DEGAS PLAYS Set for the Den Theatre, 5/29-6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

Commedia Beauregard, a Chicago-based theatre company dedicated to producing plays in translation, announces the return of its short play festival of paintings turned into original works for the stage. Master Works: The Degas Plays will be presented at the Den Theatre for one weekend only -- May 29th through June 1st, 2014. (more...)

MASTER WORKS: THE DEGAS PLAYS Set for the Den Theatre, 5/29-6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

Commedia Beauregard, a Chicago-based theatre company dedicated to producing plays in translation, announces the return of its short play festival of paintings turned into original works for the stage. Master Works: The Degas Plays will be presented at the Den Theatre for one weekend only -- May 29th through June 1st, 2014. (more...)

At the Helm! BWW Rounds Up This Season's Broadway Directors
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 9, 2014

Broadway stars might boast the biggest fan-bases, but without their directors, the vehicle driving their talents could easily swerve off the tracks. Keeping the runaway train at bay are season's bold Broadway 'conductors'. Scroll down to learn more about this season's intrepid and imaginative leaders! (more...)

Public Theater's New Musical A SECOND CHANCE with Brian & Diane Sutherland Begins Previews 3/18
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2014

The Public Theater will begin previews for the New York premiere of A SECOND CHANCE on Tuesday, March 18. Directed by Jonathan Butterell with book, music, and lyrics by Ted Shen, this new musical will run through Sunday, April 13 in the Shiva Theater, with an official press opening on Sunday, March 30. (more...)

2014 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Kicks Off Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

A stellar group of literary, theater and musical talent will gather for the 2014 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, marking its 28th anniversary, today, March 19-23. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit, Opening Todayth
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

Jemima Rooper, Sandra Dickinson, Simon Jones and Patsy Ferran join Janie Dee, Charles Edwards and Angela Lansbury in Blithe Spirit, directed by Michael Blakemore. This new production of NoŽl Coward's sharp comedy of social mores opens at the Gielgud Theatre on 18 March 2014, with previews from 1 March. (more...)

Full Cast and Creatives Announced for Yale Rep's THESE PAPER BULLETS!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

YALE REPERTORY THEATRE presents the world premiere of THESE PAPER BULLETS!, a modish ripoff of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, adapted by Rolin Jones, with songs by Billie Joe Armstrong, and directed by Jackson Gay, March 14-April 5 at the University Theatre (222 York Street). Opening Night is Thursday, March 20. (more...)

American Blues Theater Remounts Hit Production of HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY, 7/25-8/31
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside and American Blues Theater, Chicago's second oldest Equity ensemble, are proud to announce the summer engagement of American Blues Theater's Hank Williams: Lost Highway, by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik, directed by Damon Kiely, music director Malcolm Ruhl and starring Matthew Brumlow as "Hank Williams," July 25 - August 31 at the Greenhouse Theater Center's Downstage Mainstage Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Pink Previews, where tickets sales benefit the Lynn Sage Foundation for breast cancer research, are Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. Opening night is Friday August 1 at 7 p.m. (more...)

Intiman Theatre Announces Festival Events for THE ANGELS PROJECT, Featuring ANGELS IN AMERICA
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

Intiman Theatre proudly presents THE ANGELS PROJECT, a summer-long theatre festival inspired by Angels in America, Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning, epic two-play exploration of politics, religion, race, sexuality, and more through the lens of the 1980s HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City. As a global leader in the search for a preventive HIV/AIDS vaccine, Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is the Presenting Sponsor of THE ANGELS PROJECT. (more...)

Barefoot Theatre Company and SVA Film Department Presents the 15th Anniversary Gala & Awards Ceremony, 6/23
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

Barefoot Theatre Company and the SVA Film Department (Reeves Lehmann, Chair) presents the 15th Anniversary star-studded Barefoot Gala & Awards Ceremony produced by Artistic Director Francisco Solorzano (Floating Sunflowers, Love Simple, Sins of the Mother), Producing Director Christopher Whalen (Sins of the Mother, PS. I Love You), Associate Producing Director Danelle Eliav (Emoticon; Carnival Kids) and company members Raye Levine (Pirate, Other Histories) and Daniella Rabbani (Nina at Primary Stages). (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Tim Firth's Award-Winnging THIS IS MY FAMILY Ahead of Sheffield Run and National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2014

Following a critically acclaimed, award-winning run last year in the Studio, Daniel Evans' production of Tim Firth's musical This Is My Family returns to Sheffield Theatres from Thursday 9 - Saturday 18 October, ahead of a national tour to Royal & Derngate Northampton, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Liverpool Playhouse and The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. (more...)

American Blues Theater's HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY Returns July 25
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2014

Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside and American Blues Theater, Chicago's second oldest Equity ensemble, are proud to announce the summer engagement of American Blues Theater's Hank Williams: Lost Highway, by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik, directed byDamon Kiely, music director Malcolm Ruhl and starring Matthew Brumlow as "Hank Williams," July 25 - August 31 at the Greenhouse Theater Center's Downstage Mainstage Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. (more...)

Public Theater's A SECOND CHANCE Original Cast Recording Out Online, In Stores Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Ghostlight Records will release the original cast recording of The Public Theater's production of A SECOND CHANCE online and in stores August 5. (more...)

Ronni Ancona, Melanie Ash, Alecky Blythe and More Confirmed for LITTLE REVOLUTION at the Almeida, Aug 26
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Casting is announced for the world premiere of Alecky Blythe's new play inspired by the 2011 London riots, directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins. This is Alecky's first new London production after the success of London Road at the National Theatre. (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...)

Jaclyn Bethany Presents DRAMA IN THE AFTERNOON, 7/20-21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2014

Drama in the Afternoon is comprised of works from four plays by Tennessee Williams, including Spring Storm, Summer and Smoke, Sweet Bird of Youth, and Orpheus Descending. 'Drama in The Afternoon' is a part of'Performing on the Edge' produced by Opera New York/Academy for the Performing Artist/The Writer's Stage/IPA Management and Studio 353. (more...)

Shattered Globe Theatre's 2014-15 Season to Feature THE WHALESHIP ESSEX & THE ROSE TATTOO
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Shattered Globe Theatre is pleased to announce the first two productions in its 24th Season, launching this fall with the Midwest premiere of the nautical drama THE WHALESHIP ESSEX by Founding Ensemble Member Joe Forbrich, directed by Lou Contey. In the winter, Shattered Globe mounts Tennessee Williams' Tony Award-winning comedy/drama THE ROSE TATTOO, directed by Greg Vinkler. The final production of the 2014-15 Season (spring 2015) will be announced shortly. (more...)

THE AUDIENCE, Starring Helen Mirren, to Bring the Crown to Broadway Next Spring
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

The Daily Mail writes that THE AUDIENCE, starring Helen Mirren, is on its way to Broadway. The production, helmed by Stephen Daldry and written by Peter Morgan, will begin previews in February 2015 for a March opening. Based on Stephen Frears acclaimed film, THE AUDIENCE played a sold-out run at the Gielgud last year. (more...)

Nicholas Hytner Announces Plans for New Theatre Company in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2014

According to the BBC, departing Director of the National Theatre Nicholas Hytner just revealed that after he leaves in 2015, he and executive director Nick Starr will create a new theatre company. He told BBC: 'I will make theatre for a new company that will, we hope, find new ways of making commercial theatre. Plans are not finished and set in stone. I'm going to continue working with Nick Starr and we will continue, we hope, to produce theatre in the commercial sector.' (more...)

BAD BOYS & SAD GIRLS Among Warner Archive New Releases
by Movies News Desk - Jan 7, 2014

Warner Archive Collection announces new releases including Bad Boys & Sad Gals! (more...)

FIVE BY TENN and THE GRANDE DAMES Set for 1/10-11 at Marigny Opera House
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2014

Don't miss one night performances of FIVE BY TENN and THE GRAND DAMES at the Bacchanal next week. Tickets available at: southernrep.com or CALL: 504-522-6545. (more...)

Saskia Reeves and Danny Webb Star in THE MISTRESS CONTRACT Downstairs at the Royal Court, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

Saskia Reeves and Danny Webb are set to star in THE MISTRESS CONTRACT in the Vicky Featherstone-helmed production of Abi Morgan's play at the Royal Court's Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. The show begins tonight, January 30, 2014. (more...)

Nicholas Rodriguez and More to Join Kathleen Turner in Arena Stage's MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

Artistic Director Molly Smith tackles a unique, in-the-round staging of Bertolt Brecht's powerhouse anti-war play Mother Courage and Her Children at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Iconic stage and screen actress and Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner returns to Arena Stage following her sold-out run of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins to make her professional singing debut as the tough-as-nails matriarch Mother Courage-a single mother determined to keep her family alive and her business afloat during war. Using the David Hare translation, the show fuses politics and satire to paint an unforgettable and provocative portrait of war, incorporating more than 10 pieces of original music composed in a rollicking, gypsy-punk style and performed by cast members doubling as musicians. Mother Courage and Her Children runs January 31-March 9, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

RICHARD III Opens Tonight at the Folger Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2014

The quintessential portrait of maniacal ambition and lust for power is on stage in William Shakespeare's epic history play Richard III at Folger Theatre. Robert Richmond (more...)

Full Cast and Creatives Announced for Yale Rep's THESE PAPER BULLETS!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2014

YALE REPERTORY THEATRE presents the world premiere of THESE PAPER BULLETS!, a modish ripoff of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, adapted by Rolin Jones, with songs by Billie Joe Armstrong, and directed by Jackson Gay, March 14-April 5 at the University Theatre (222 York Street). Opening Night is Thursday, March 20. (more...)

Full Cast, Creatives Announced for Southwark Playhouse's UK Premiere of SUPERIOR DONUTS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2014

Final casting and a full list of creatives is announced for the UK premiere of Superior Donuts by the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright Tracy Letts, which will run in The Little at Southwark Playhouse from Tuesday 11 February - Saturday 8 March. Press night is Friday 14 February at 7.30pm. (more...)

BAD BOYS & SAD GIRLS Among Warner Archive New Releases
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2014

Warner Archive Collection announces new releases including Bad Boys & Sad Gals! (more...)

Next Theatre Opens 2014 Season with LUCK OF THE IRISH Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2014

Next Theatre Company has announced the Midwest premiere of Kirsten Greenidge's Luck of the Irish, tonight, January 16 - February 23, 2014, directed by Damon Kiely, at Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes Street. (more...)

ORPHEUS DESCENDING Starring Vanessa Redgrave Now Available On DVD
by Pat Cerasaro - Jan 15, 2014

The little-seen small screen adaptation of Tennessee Williams's drama Orpheus Descending starring Hollywood, Broadway and West End legend Vanessa Redgrave is now available to order on DVD for the first time. (more...)

FIVE BY TENN and THE GRANDE DAMES Set for This Weekend at Marigny Opera House
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2014

Don't miss one night performances of FIVE BY TENN and THE GRAND DAMES at the Bacchanal next week. Tickets available at: southernrep.com or CALL: 504-522-6545. (more...)

Thaddeus O'Sullivan to Direct Jessica Chastain, Vanessa Redgrave in THE SECRET SCRIPITURE
by Movies News Desk - Feb 2, 2014

The Hollywood Reporter writes that Thaddeus O'Sullivan has signed on to direct Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Redgrave in the upcoming film adaptation of THE SECRET SCRIPTURE, based on the novel by Sebastian Barry. (more...)

Southwark Playhouse's UK Premiere of SUPERIOR DONUTS Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2014

The UK premiere of Superior Donuts by the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright Tracy Letts will run in The Little at Southwark Playhouse from tonight, 11 February - Saturday 8 March. Press night is Friday 14 February at 7.30pm. (more...)

Hallie Foote, Khaled Nabawy to Join Ron Rifkin, Richard Thomas in Arena Stage's CAMP DAVID
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2014

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the full company for the world-premiere historical drama Camp David, penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright and directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith. Based on true events surrounding the 1978 Camp David Accords, the play follows the 13-day meeting between President Jimmy Carter, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat as they attempted to create the impossible: peace in the Middle East. The production features Tony Award nominee Hallie Foote (Broadway's Dividing the Estate) as Rosalynn Carter, Egyptian actor and activist Khaled Nabawy (Kingdom of Heaven, Fair Game) as Anwar Sadat, Tony Award winner Ron Rifkin (Alias, Broadway's Cabaret) as Menachem Begin and Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas (The Waltons) as President Jimmy Carter. Camp David runs March 21-May 4, 2014 in the Kreeger Theater. (more...)

Nicholas Rodriguez and More to Join Kathleen Turner in Arena Stage's MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2013

Artistic Director Molly Smith tackles a unique, in-the-round staging of Bertolt Brecht's powerhouse anti-war play Mother Courage and Her Children at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Iconic stage and screen actress and Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner returns to Arena Stage following her sold-out run of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins to make her professional singing debut as the tough-as-nails matriarch Mother Courage-a single mother determined to keep her family alive and her business afloat during war. Using the David Hare translation, the show fuses politics and satire to paint an unforgettable and provocative portrait of war, incorporating more than 10 pieces of original music composed in a rollicking, gypsy-punk style and performed by cast members doubling as musicians. Mother Courage and Her Children runs January 31-March 9, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage. (more...)

RICHARD III to Play Folger Theatre, 1/28-3/9
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2013

The quintessential portrait of maniacal ambition and lust for power is on stage in William Shakespeare's epic history play Richard III at Folger Theatre. Robert Richmond (more...)

Saskia Reeves and Danny Webb to Star in THE MISTRESS CONTRACT Downstairs at the Royal Court, Beg. Jan 30
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2013

According to the Daily Mail, Saskia Reeves and Danny Webb are set to star in THE MISTRESS CONTRACT in the Vicky Featherstone-helmed production of Abi Morgan's play at the Royal Court's Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. The show begins January 30, 2014. (more...)

American Blues Theater Extends HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY Through Sept 28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside and American Blues Theater, Chicago's second oldest Equity ensemble, are proud to announce the extension of American Blues Theater's Hank Williams: Lost Highway, by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik, directed by Damon Kiely, music director Malcolm Ruhl and starring Matthew Brumlow as "Hank Williams," through Sunday, September 28, at the Greenhouse Theater Center's Downstage Mainstage Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. (more...)

Official: Helen Mirren Set to Return to Broadway in Peter Morgan's THE AUDIENCE; Dates and Theater Set
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

Academy Award winner Helen Mirren will return to Broadway this spring as Elizabeth II in Peter Morgan's THE AUDIENCE, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Daldry. The limited engagement will play at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 West 45th Street. Previews forTHE AUDIENCE begin on February 17 and opening night is March 8. It will run through June 28 2015. (more...)

OLYMPICS ‹BER ALLES Begins Performances 8/27 at St. Luke's Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2014

Samuel J. Bernstein and Marguerite Krupp's Olympics ‹ber Alles Begins a Limited Engagement August 27th atSt. Luke's Theater Debra Whitfield Directs this Story of Jewish-American Runners Marty Glickman and Sam Stoller at the 1936 'Nazi Olympics' (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - JERSEY BOYS
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 31, 2014

A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. The craziness is almost upon us, but 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 JERSEY BOYS below! (more...)

OLYMPICS UBER ALLES Begins Limited Off-Broadway Run Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014

Franaleo Productions will present the Off-Broadway premiere of Samuel J. Bernstein and Marguerite Krupp's Olympics ‹ber Alles, beginning a limited engagement tomorrow, Wednesday August 27th at St. Luke's Theater (308 West 46th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). Debra Whitfield directs a cast that features Jim DiMunno Tim Dowd, Michael Engberg, Amy Handra, Darrell Purcell, Joshua Quat, Stewart A. Schneck, and Jenn Susi. This limited run continues through September 21st only. Olympics ‹ber Alles will have scenic and lighting design by Duane Pagano with costume design by Janice O'Donnell and sound and projections design by Paul Bourgeois. The performance runs two hours including intermission. (more...)

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