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Reading of John Minigan's BREAKING THE SHAKESPEARE CODE Stars J. Robert Spencer and Erikka Walsh
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

Tony Nominee J. Robert Spencer and Erikka Walsh will star in a staged reading of  BREAKING THE SHAKESPEARE CODE, by John Minigan. This Elliot Norton Award for Best New Play nomated work will be directed by Thomas Caruso. (more...)

Mixed Blood Theatre Kicks Off 2016/2017 Season With Subversive Comedy BARBECUE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

BARBECUE is a darkly funny new play that turns the traditional family comedy on its head, forcing hilarious and uneasy revelations about the assumptions we make about poverty, race and social class. (more...)

Bristol Riverside Theatre Gets WORKING, November 1-20
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

Bristol Riverside Theatre presents WORKING based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book and featuring songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Wicked), and James Taylor running November 1-20.  Directed by Keith Baker, the ensemble cast features Demetria Joyce Bailey, Philip Chaffin, Laura Giknis, Tamar Greene, Jenny Lee Stern, and Kevin Toniazzo-Naughton. (more...)

Cherry Lane Theatre Presents its 2nd annual Week-Long Education Program, CHERRY LANE SCHOOL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce St.) will present its second annual week-long education program, CHERRY LANE SCHOOL - featuring panel discussions and workshop sessions with leading figures in the professional theatre - from October 24 to 28 at Cherry Lane Theatre.  (more...)

CLOSE TO YOU: BACHARACH REIMAGINED Cast Recording Now on Spotify; Concerts Set for NYC, LA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

Ghostlight Records has announced that Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined from KYLE RIABKO is now available from Spotify and other streaming services. (more...)

HIMSELF AND NORA Live Off-Broadway Cast Recording Out Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Ghostlight Records has announced release of HIMSELF AND NORA - the 2016 Off-Broadway Cast Recording, Live from the Minetta Lane Theatre, NYC - a new musical with book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Brielle. (more...)

Cloud City Presents IN A SEA OF FACES
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2016

IN A SEA OF FACES: A New Folk Opera by Jahn Sood will be presented at Cloud City, an alternative arts space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 85 N. 1st St, running September 15-22, 2016. The piece is made up of folk songs and movement and is a celebration of oral tradition, family and life near the ocean. (more...)

J. Robert Spencer and Erikka Walsh to Star in Staged Reading of BREAKING THE SHAKESPEARE CODE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 9, 2016

Sometimes the words we speak become a secret code for what we really feel. Shortly before an audition for her first professional Shakespeare play, gifted and entitled young actor Anna arrives in a college rehearsal hall expecting help from brilliant, bitter acting instructor Curt. When their work together leads to professional success but personal misery, they must decide whether or not to break their Shakespeare code and uncover how they really feel about each other. (more...)

HIMSELF AND NORA Live Off-Broadway Cast Recording Hits Stores Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

Ghostlight Records has announced release of HIMSELF AND NORA - the 2016 Off-Broadway Cast Recording, Live from the Minetta Lane Theatre, NYC - a new musical with book, music, and lyrics by Jonathan Brielle. (more...)

HIMSELF AND NORA Live Cast Recording in Stores Today from Ghostlight Records
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

Ghostlight Records has released HIMSELF AND NORA - the 2016 Off-Broadway Cast Recording, Live from the Minetta Lane Theatre, NYC - today Friday, October 7 with physical copies available online and in stores. (more...)

TICK, TICK... BOOM! Explodes Off-Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

George Salazar, Nick Blaemire and Ciara Renee star in Keen Company's production of Tick, Tick...BOOM!, a thrilling work by the late, great Jonathan Larson. Performances begin tonight, October 4, Off-Broadway. (more...)

La Jolla Playhouse's Next 'Without Walls' Production Will Be THE BITTER GAME
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2016

La Jolla Playhouse announces the latest presentation in its acclaimed Without Walls (WoW) series: The Bitter Game, a reprise of the acclaimed 2015 WoW Festival theatre piece, created, written and performed by UC San Diego M.F.A. graduate Keith A. Wallace, co-created and directed by UC San Diego Theatre & Dance faculty member Deborah Stein. (more...)

Paula Vogel's INDECENT Finds Broadway Home, Locks in Dates
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2016

INDECENT - Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel's newest work, one of the most acclaimed plays of 2016 when it debuted in New York Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre - will premiere on Broadway at the Cort Theatre (138 W 48th St New York, NY), this spring. (more...)

Menken & Spencer's THE APPRENTICESHIP OF DUDDY KRAVITZ Gets Original Cast Recording
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2016

Ghostlight Records will release the original cast recording of the musical The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz online and in stores on Friday, December 2, 2016. (more...)

Broadway's FALSETTOS Revival to Hit the Studio for First-Ever Full-Fledged Recording
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

Ghostlight Records will preserve the Lincoln Center Theater production of William Finn and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical with a new Broadway cast recording to be released later this season. The new two disc-set will mark the first time the landmark show has been recorded in its entirety. (more...)

Andre De Shields and More Headed to Yale Rep's SEVEN GUITARS; Cast, Creatives Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

Yale Repertory Theatre presents August Wilson's SEVEN GUITARS, directed by Timothy Douglas, at Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street) November 25 through December 17. Opening Night is Thursday, December 1. (more...)

Lilli Cooper to Join TICK, TICK... BOOM! in Extended Run Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

Today Keen Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein announced that tickets are now on sale for four more weeks, through December 18th, for Keen's acclaimed new production of Jonathan Larson's Tick, Tick...BOOM! Ciara Renee will play her final performance on November 20th. Beginning November 22nd, Lilli Cooper, seen on Broadway in Spring Awakening and Wicked, will take over the role of Susan. (more...)

Official: Paula Vogel's INDECENT Will Open on Broadway This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Oct 26, 2016

INDECENT - Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel's newest work, one of the most acclaimed plays of 2016 when it debuted in New York Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre - will premiere on Broadway this spring. (more...)

BWW Review: Dark Gritty Infidelity in Sidecountry's MURDER BALLAD
by Jay Irwin - Oct 24, 2016

Sometimes some of the best shows out there are the cult followed ones, the ones that are really only known by niche groups or musical theater nerds. While mainstream audiences may go to shows about green girls or founding fathers, there are other audiences who travel off the beaten path to see shows Off-Broadway (or even Off-Off=Broadway) but those shows don't always get a life after their Off-Broadway Runs. Such a show could be the successful but short lived show "Murder Ballad". Luckily there are companies such as Sidecountry Theatre who take on these gems regionally the same way they tackled the brilliant "Passing Strange" a little while ago. And they tackle them with not only talent but also the obvious love and respect for a piece that deserves a wider audience. (more...)

TICK, TICK... BOOM! Opens with a Bang Tonight Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2016

Keen Company's production of Jonathan Larson's Tick, Tick...BOOM! opens tonight, October 20. (more...)

MURDER BALLAD Gets Steamy West Coast Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

Sidecountry Theatre (SCT) is excited to present the West Coast premiere of Murder Ballad.  Murder Ballad is Sidecountry Theatre's (SCT) second production, following 2014's acclaimed and popular Passing Strange which was presented as part of ACT's Central Heating Lab program (now ACTLab). (more...)

Theatre for a New Audience Teams with NYPL for AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE Talk
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

Theatre for a New Audience and The New York Public Library mark the close of 2016 - the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death - with a free public conversation on Shakespeare's pervasive and perennial role in American culture. (more...)

Crowded Outlet Announces New York Premiere of Marisa Michelson's Marigold Chor Ensemble
by BWW News Desk - Oct 12, 2016

Crowded Outlet, is proud to announce the New York premiere of Marisa Michelson's Marigold Chor Ensemble. Assembled by Michelson (Jonathan Larson Award Grant winner, Tamar of the River) and featuring many multi-hyphenate artistic creators, the experiment will be performed Sunday, October 16th at 5pm at Judson Memorial Church. Tickets are invitation-only. (more...)

Luminous New Play ORANGE Marks Aditi Brennan Kapil's Seventh World Premiere at Mixed Blood
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2016

On the eve of a family wedding Leela, a young woman on the autism spectrum, sneaks off with her cousin on a joyride though Orange County. ORANGE chronicles Leela's adventures over the course of one ill planned night full of detours, thrilling heights, mythic encounters, a nine-year-old villain, and the search for a perfect orange. A soulful and hilarious exploration of youth, fearlessness, family, and difference, ORANGE navigates the cusp between childhood and adulthood. (more...)

Kyle Riabko to Encore 'CLOSE TO YOU' Album Shows at Joe's Pub This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Nov 8, 2016

Kyle Riabko - star and creator of the hit West End show Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined and the earlier acclaimed Off-Broadway version What's it All About? Bacharach Reimagined - will return to Joe's Pub at The Public for two solo concerts by popular demand on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 9:30 PM.  (more...)

Casting Announced for Kokandy Productions' THE WIZ at Theater Wit
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

Kokandy Productions has announced casting for its upcoming revival of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical THE WIZ, directed by guest director Lili-Anne Brown with music direction by Jimmy Morehead and choreography by Breon Arzell, playing March 5 - April 16, 2017 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

Stew & Heidi Rodewald Bring NOTES OF A NATIVE SONG at the Contemporary Art Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 7, 2016

The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC) is pleased to announce Notes of a Native Song, a musical collaboration by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, will be presented December 9-10, 2016 in the CAC's Freeport-McMoRan Theater at 7:30pm. A genre-melding, blues-rock song cycle, the performance celebrates James Baldwin, a leading African American writer and activist of the mid-20th century, whose work explored the inherent complexities of Western racial, sexual, and class distinctions. (more...)

CLOSE TO YOU: BACHARACH REIMAGINED Cast Recording Celebrates Release in L.A.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

Ghostlight Records has announced that Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined from KYLE RIABKO is now available from Spotify and other streaming services. (more...)

Encores! Off-Center Staging of GOD BLESS YOU, MR. ROSEWATER Heads to the Recording Studio
by BWW News Desk - Nov 30, 2016

Ghostlight Records has announced plans to record the first-ever cast album of the musical Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, based on the recent production by the New York City Center's Encores! Off-Center musical theater series.  (more...)

Merger Alert - Obsidian Theater and SRO Productions
by BWW News Desk - Nov 22, 2016

Award-winning Obsidian Theater, known for producing bold, diverse plays, will merge with SRO Productions, an award-winning producer of fearless musicals. (more...)

Ciara Renee and Jodie Jacobs Lead Cast of LIZZIE at Greenwich Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2016

Cast includes Ciara Renee (Pippin and Big Fish, Broadway), Jodie Jacobs (Carrie, Southwark Playhouse, We Will Rock You, Dominion), Bleu Woodward (Oh! What A Lovely War, Stratford East) and Bjorg Gamst (The Little Mermaid, The Drowsy Chaperone). (more...)

Pre-Order Alan Menken and David Spencer's THE APPRENTICESHIP OF DUDDY KRAVITZ Recording Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2016

As previously announced, Ghostlight Records will release the original cast recording of the musical The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz online and in stores on Friday, December 2, 2016. The album is now available for digital pre-order today, Friday, November 11. (more...)

Geva Presents Rajiv Joseph's THE LAKE EFFECT
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

???????Geva Theatre Center presents The Lake Effect, Rajiv Joseph's play about family, friendship and food. The Lake Effect will be performed in the Fielding Stage from February 2 to February 19. (more...)

How is HAMILTON Revenue Helping the Public Theater? Oskar Eustis Explains
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

In a recent interview with News Chief, Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis explains that he has a different economic philosophy from the Public's founder Joe Papp. The non-profit has a 10% stake in mega-hit Hamilton, though only a small portion goes into the theatre's operating budget. Noting that the Hamilton revenue 'won't be around forever,' he explains that only $250,000 goes into the Public's operating budget an the rest is placed in cash reserves for 'artistic programs, acquisition of space, raising payments for artists.' (more...)

McCarter Announces Partnership with the 2017 Princeton and Slavery Project
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

McCarter Theatre Center is proud to announce its participation in a new partnership with Princeton University, commissioning seven professional playwrights to write short plays to be presented with the 2017 launch of the Princeton and Slavery Project. (more...)

1100 Students Will Gather for 49th Annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

Western Connecticut State University will host 1,100 students and faculty from colleges and universities in Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts at the Region One festival of the 49th annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), January 31-February 4, 2017. This is the fourth of eight weekly celebrations of excellence and achievement of theater in higher education. Individual participants and full-scale productions are eligible for awards recognizing excellence in the art and craft of theater. Individual awardees and representatives from selected productions will be brought to Washington, D.C., for an expenses-paid trip to the national festival, April 18-22, 2017 at the Kennedy Center. A comprehensive listing of awardees will be announced in mid-March 2017. (more...)

Special Concert Benefiting Derek Whitener To Be Held at Theatre Three
by BWW News Desk - Jan 19, 2017

Theatre Three will host a special, one-night-only benefit concert to raise money to offset medical expenses for local theatre artist Derek Whitener. The concert will take place on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at 7:30 PM on Theatre Three's Norma Young Arena Stage. Tickets are free, but a cash donation is suggested. All donations will go directly to Derek Whitener and his family to pay for medical expenses and loss of income. Theatre Three is located in The Quadrangle, 2800 Routh Street, Suite 168, Dallas, TX 75201. (more...)

Theatre Three Presents Regional Premiere of PASSING STRANGE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2017

A fresh and exciting 2008 Tony Award winner from singer-songwriter and performance artist Stew, Passing Strange embarks on a journey across boundaries of place, identity and theatrical convention. The musical tells the story of a young bohemian who charts a course for 'the real' through sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Infectious, exhilarating, deeply spiritual and emotional, audiences will never forget Passing Strange! (more...)

Photo Flash: Obsidian Theater Presents PASSING STRANGE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

A young black man leaves his California home to find his art and what is real in Europe. (more...)

Swing-Fueled Cast, Creative Team Complete for Broadway's BANDSTAND
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

The producers of the new musical Bandstand, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) and featuring music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, have just announced compete casting and an award-winning design team. (more...)

Kokandy Productions to Ease on Down the Road with THE WIZ Next Spring
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2016

Kokandy Productions will launch its fifth anniversary season with a revival of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical THE WIZ, with book by William F. Brown, music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, directed by guest director Lili-Anne Brown, music direction by Jimmy Morehead and choreography by Breon Arzell.  (more...)

BoHo Announces Directors for 2017 Season, Featuring URINETOWN and More
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

BoHo Theatre is excited to announce directors for its upcoming 2017 season. BoHo is focused on bringing people together through an eclectic mix of musicals, dramas, and classic plays, inspiring its community to make caring, thoughtful relationships the highest priority. (more...)

FUN HOME's Joel Perez to Lead Workshop of Ned Massey's New Musical THE BATTLES
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Battles Musical, LLC will present the world premiere of Ned Massey's (Four Messages) Battles in a workshop production, January 27 - February 4 at Gym at Judson (243 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012). (more...)

Preview, On-Sale Dates Set for Paula Vogel's INDECENT on Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Dec 5, 2016

The producers of Indecent - Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel's newest work, one of the most acclaimed plays of 2016 when it debuted in New York Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre following productions at Yale Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse - have announced that the production will begin performances on Broadway at the Cort Theatre (138 W 48th St New York, NY), on April 4, prior to its official opening night on April 18. (more...)

Broadway's HOLIDAY INN Headed to the Recording Studio This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2016

Universal Stage Productions, the live theatre division of the world famous movie studio, has announced that Ghostlight Records will record the cast album of the critically acclaimed Roundabout Theatre Company production of HOLIDAY INN, THE NEW IRVING BERLIN MUSICAL on January 8 & 9, 2017. (more...)

Obsidian Theater to Open 2017 Season with PASSING STRANGE
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2016

Theater in association with SRO Productions will stage the Tony and Drama Desk Award winning Broadway musical Passing Strange for 14 performances at Theater - Feb 9 though March 4. Written by Stew and with music by Stew and Heidi Rodewald, Passing Strange is a comedy-drama rock musical about a young black man's journey of self-discovery about family, cultures, spirituality, love, drugs, sex and music. (more...)

FALSETTOS Brings Fans an Early Holiday Treat with Surprise Cast Album Release on iTunes
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

GHOSTLIGHT RECORDS has announced that the 2016 Broadway Cast Recording of William Finn and James Lapine's Tony Award-winning musical FALSETTOS – based on the Lincoln Center Theater production – will have a U.S. digital release today, Friday, December 16, 2016. (more...)

INDECENT General Public Seats on Sale Today!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

The producers of INDECENT - Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel's newest work, one of the most acclaimed plays of 2016 when it debuted in New York Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre following productions at Yale Repertory Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse - have announced that the production will begin performances on Broadway at the Cort Theatre (138 W 48th St New York, NY), on April 4, prior to its official opening night on April 18.   (more...)

Jeffrey Schmidt Named Artistic Director at Theatre Three
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

A six-month national search conducted by the Board of Directors of Theatre Three has resulted in the naming of Dallas-based director-designer-actor Jeffrey Schmidt as the theatre-in-the-round's new artistic director. Schmidt will assume the position on January 1, 2017. (more...)

Photo Flash: MAMA D's Christmas Stocking Returns for Holiday-Themed, Burlesque-Inspired fun at Playhouse on Park!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2016

We are the bow tied around your brightly wrapped present, the gleaming star atop your tannenbaum, the high note in your Jingle Bell Rock, and the surprise at the very bottom of your stocking. We are MAMA D'S Christmas Stocking, a celebration of all things sexy and bawdy in an evening of music, dance and comedy. Shows begin December 9 and run on selected dates to December 30. (more...)

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