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L. Scott Caldwell Stars in Colony Theatre's WHAT I LEARNED IN PARIS, Beginning TonightL. Scott Caldwell Stars in Colony Theatre's WHAT I LEARNED IN PARIS, Beginning Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2014

The Colony Theatre will present the second production of its historic 40th Anniversary season, the West Coast Premiere of WHAT I LEARNED IN PARIS by Pearl Cleage. The production stars Tony winner L. Scott Caldwell, and is directed by Saundra McClain. WHAT I LEARNED IN PARIS will preview tonight, September 3; Thursday, September 4; and Friday, September 5 at 8:00pm. It will open on Saturday, September 6 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, October 5 at The Colony Theatre, 555 North Third Street in Burbank. (more...)

Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Begins Previews TonightBilly Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Begins Previews Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

Primary Stages in association with Susan Dietz (Fela!, Mothers and Sons), presents the world premiere of While I Yet Live by the Tony-winning star of Kinky Boots and Angels in America, Billy Porter, and directed by Tony Award nominee Sheryl Kaller (Mothers and Sons, Next Fall, Adrift in Macao). While I Yet Live plays a limited, six-week engagement, tonight, September 24, through October 31 at Primary Stages at The Duke on 42nd Street - a NEW 42ND STREET project (229 West 42nd Street). Opening night is Sunday, October 12 at 5PM. (more...)

Norm Lewis, Alli Mauzey, Christoper Fitzgerald & More Join Cast of New York Philharmonic's SHOW BOAT; Will be Filmed for Live From Lincoln Center!Norm Lewis, Alli Mauzey, Christoper Fitzgerald & More Join Cast of New York Philharmonic's SHOW BOAT; Will be Filmed for Live From Lincoln Center!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2014

The New York Philharmonic has announced several additions to the cast of the semi-staged production of Kern & Hammerstein's Show Boat, November 5-8, 2014: Tony-nominated actor Christopher Fitzgerald (who will portray Frank); Tony-nominated actor Norm Lewis, who appeared on Broadway as Porgy in The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess (Joe); Broadway performer Alli Mauzey (Ellie); Broadway and television performer Edward Watts (Steve); Emmy- nominated comedic stage and screen actor Fred Willard (Cap'n Andy); and Broadway performer NaTasha Yvette Williams (Queenie). (more...)

UPDATE: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Delays Previews Until Sept 24 Due to 'Technical Issues'UPDATE: Billy Porter's WHILE I YET LIVE Delays Previews Until Sept 24 Due to 'Technical Issues'
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2014

Primary Stages has announced that the world premiere of While I Yet Live will begin performances on Wednesday, September 24 at 7PM. Producers have decided to delay the start of previews due to technical issues. (more...)

Wayne Brady Stars Opposite Merle Dandridge in KISS ME, KATE, Beginning Tonight at Pasadena PlayhouseWayne Brady Stars Opposite Merle Dandridge in KISS ME, KATE, Beginning Tonight at Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse welcomes Wayne Brady as Fred/Petruchio in the Cole Porter Broadway musical KISS ME, KATE. The multi-Emmy Award winning Brady will head a cast of 17. Epps will direct the 2014-2015 Season opener, which will run from today, September 16- October 12, 2014 with the official press opening on September 21. The production also stars Merle Dandridge (Broadway's Spamalot and Tarzan) as Lily/Kate. (more...)

Garth Fagan Dance Comes to Ebony Rep, 10/3-5Garth Fagan Dance Comes to Ebony Rep, 10/3-5
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2014

Ebony Repertory Theatre announced today that Garth Fagan Dance will return to Los Angeles after an absence of ten years. The company's program includes the Los Angeles premiere of excerpts from 'Lighthouse/Lightning Rod,' a collaboration of the company's Founder/Artistic Director Garth Fagan, Wynton Marsalis and California-based visual artist Alison Saar. 'Lighthouse' opened the Brooklyn Academy of Music season in 2012. Performances at the 400-seat Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (4718 W. Washington Blvd.) in Los Angeles will run October 3-5, 2014. (more...)

2014 International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Award Winners Announced2014 International Centre for Women Playwrights 50/50 Applause Award Winners Announced
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) reported the extraordinary level of international support that is represented by the recipients for this year's 50/50 Applause Awards, which sets out to recognize theatres that produced 50% or more women playwrights in their season of shows. (more...)

Mildred's Umbrella Theater Wins ICWP Applause AwardMildred's Umbrella Theater Wins ICWP Applause Award
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2014

The International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) reports the extraordinary level of international support that is represented by the recipients for this year's 50/50 Applause Awards, which sets out to recognize theatres that produced 50 percent or more women playwrights in their season of shows. In the spring, for the first time in the history of the awards, ICWP invited the public to nominate theatres that had produced the work of women playwrights throughout the world. (more...)

Jane Alexander & Erika Henningsen Join Cast of New York Philharmonic's All-Star SHOW BOATJane Alexander & Erika Henningsen Join Cast of New York Philharmonic's All-Star SHOW BOAT
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2014

The New York Philharmonic has announced final principal cast members for its semi-staged production of Kern & Hammerstein's Show Boat, November 5-8, 2014: Tony-winning and Academy Award-nominated actress Jane Alexander will portray Parthy, and Erika Henningsen will portray Kim. (more...)

Baayork Lee Honored with Actors' Equity's 2014 Paul Robeson Citation AwardBaayork Lee Honored with Actors' Equity's 2014 Paul Robeson Citation Award
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2014

Asian American actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, director and author Baayork Lee has received the 2014 Paul Robeson Citation Award presented by the Actors' Equity Foundation. (more...)

Garth Fagan Dance Comes to Ebony Rep This WeekendGarth Fagan Dance Comes to Ebony Rep This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2014

Ebony Repertory Theatre announced today that Garth Fagan Dance will return to Los Angeles after an absence of ten years. The company's program includes the Los Angeles premiere of excerpts from 'Lighthouse/Lightning Rod,' a collaboration of the company's Founder/Artistic Director Garth Fagan, Wynton Marsalis and California-based visual artist Alison Saar. 'Lighthouse' opened the Brooklyn Academy of Music season in 2012. Performances at the 400-seat Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (4718 W. Washington Blvd.) in Los Angeles will run this weekend, October 3-5, 2014. For more information, visit www.ebonyrep.org. (more...)

Muta' Ali to Present LIFE'S ESSENTIALS WITH RUBY DEE at Southampton Arts Center, 10/5Muta' Ali to Present LIFE'S ESSENTIALS WITH RUBY DEE at Southampton Arts Center, 10/5
by BWW News Desk - Oct 1, 2014

?Noted director and cinematographer Muta' Ali grandson of the legendary acting duo and social activists Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis will host the Hamptons' premiere of his loving tribute to his grandparents, 'Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee' as the closing film of the Raise Your Voice, the 9th Annual African American Film Festival presented by the Southampton African American Museum on Sunday, October 5 at the Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968. (more...)

Photo Coverage: First Look at Vanessa Williams, Lauren Worsham, Jane Alexander & More in New York Philharmonic's SHOW BOAT - Part OnePhoto Coverage: First Look at Vanessa Williams, Lauren Worsham, Jane Alexander & More in New York Philharmonic's SHOW BOAT - Part One
by Walter McBride - Nov 6, 2014

The New York Philharmonic presents a semi-staged production of Kern & Hammerstein's Show Boat, running through November 8, 2014. SHOW BOAT stars Christopher Fitzgerald as Frank, Norm Lewis as Joe, Alli Mauzey as Ellie,Julian Ovenden as Gaylord Ravenal, Edward Watts as Steve, Fred Willard as Cap'n Andy,NaTasha Yvette Williamsas Queenie, Vanessa Williams as Julie, Jane Alexander as Parthy, Erika Henningsen as Kim, and Lauren Worshamas Magnolia. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside the concert below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: First Look at Norm Lewis, Alli Mauzey, Julian Ovenden & More in New York Philharmonic's SHOW BOAT - Part TwoPhoto Coverage: First Look at Norm Lewis, Alli Mauzey, Julian Ovenden & More in New York Philharmonic's SHOW BOAT - Part Two
by Walter McBride - Nov 6, 2014

The New York Philharmonic presents a semi-staged production of Kern & Hammerstein's Show Boat, running through November 8, 2014. SHOW BOAT stars Christopher Fitzgerald as Frank, Norm Lewis as Joe, Alli Mauzey as Ellie,Julian Ovenden as Gaylord Ravenal, Edward Watts as Steve, Fred Willard as Cap'n Andy,NaTasha Yvette Williamsas Queenie, Vanessa Williams as Julie, Jane Alexander as Parthy, Erika Henningsen as Kim, and Lauren Worsham as Magnolia. BroadwayWorld brings you more photos from inside the concert below! (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Highlights from NY Philharmonic's SHOW BOAT with Vanessa Williams, Norm Lewis & More!BWW TV Exclusive: Watch Highlights from NY Philharmonic's SHOW BOAT with Vanessa Williams, Norm Lewis & More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Nov 6, 2014

The New York Philharmonic presents a semi-staged production of Kern & Hammerstein's Show Boat, running through November 8, 2014. SHOW BOAT stars Christopher Fitzgerald as Frank, Norm Lewis as Joe, Alli Mauzey as Ellie, Julian Ovenden as Gaylord Ravenal, Edward Watts as Steve, Fred Willard as Cap'n Andy,NaTasha Yvette Williams as Queenie, Vanessa Williams as Julie, Jane Alexander as Parthy, Erika Henningsen as Kim, and Lauren Worsham as Magnolia. All cast members will be making their New York Philharmonic debuts in this production. As previously announced, the performances will be conducted and directed by Ted Sperling and choreographed by Randy Skinner. BroadwayWorld brings you highlights from the concert below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: SHOW BOAT Cast Takes Opening Night Bows at Avery Fisher Hall!Photo Coverage: SHOW BOAT Cast Takes Opening Night Bows at Avery Fisher Hall!
by Walter McBride - Nov 6, 2014

The New York Philharmonic presents a semi-staged production of Kern & Hammerstein's Show Boat, running through November 8, 2014. SHOW BOAT stars Christopher Fitzgerald as Frank, Norm Lewis as Joe, Alli Mauzey as Ellie,Julian Ovenden as Gaylord Ravenal, Edward Watts as Steve, Fred Willard as Cap'n Andy,NaTasha Yvette Williamsas Queenie, Vanessa Williams as Julie, Jane Alexander as Parthy, Erika Henningsen as Kim, and Lauren Worshamas Magnolia. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the opening night curtain call below! (more...)

New York Philharmonic's Starry SHOW BOAT Opens TonightNew York Philharmonic's Starry SHOW BOAT Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

The New York Philharmonic presents a semi-staged production of Kern & Hammerstein's Show Boat, running tonight, November 5 to November 8, 2014. (more...)

New York Philharmonic to Offer 100 Free Tickets to Starry SHOW BOAT this FridayNew York Philharmonic to Offer 100 Free Tickets to Starry SHOW BOAT this Friday
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2014

100 free tickets for 13 to 26-year-olds are now available for the Philharmonic's production of Show Boat on Friday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Breaking News: Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden and More to Lead New York Philharmonic's SHOW BOAT This November!Breaking News: Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden and More to Lead New York Philharmonic's SHOW BOAT This November!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2014

The New York Philharmonic will present a semi-staged production of Kern & Hammerstein's Tony Award-winning musical Show Boat, November 5 - 8, 2014. Vanessa Williams will star as Julie, Julian Ovenden will star as Gaylord Ravenal, and Lauren Worsham will star as Magnolia, all in their Philharmonic debuts. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. (more...)

Photos: In Rehearsal for NY Philharmonic's SHOW BOAT, with Julian Ovenden, Lauren Worsham, Alli Mauzey & More!Photos: In Rehearsal for NY Philharmonic's SHOW BOAT, with Julian Ovenden, Lauren Worsham, Alli Mauzey & More!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2014

The New York Philharmonic will soon present a semi-staged production of Kern & Hammerstein's Show Boat, November 5-8, 2014.As previously announced, the New York Philharmonic's production of Show Boat will star Christopher Fitzgerald as Frank, Norm Lewis as Joe, Alli Mauzey as Ellie, Julian Ovenden as Gaylord Ravenal,Edward Watts as Steve, Fred Willard as Cap'n Andy, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Queenie, Vanessa Williams as Julie, Jane Alexander as Parthy, Erika Henningsen as Kim, and Lauren Worsham as Magnolia. All cast members will be making their New York Philharmonic debuts in this production. As previously announced, the performances will be conducted and directed by Ted Sperling and choreographed by Randy Skinner. The production will be telecast nationally on Live From Lincoln Center on PBS stations. The air date will be announced at a later time. BroadwayWorld takes you inside the rehearsal room below! (more...)

THE BULLPEN Extends Through 11/22 at The Playroom TheaterTHE BULLPEN Extends Through 11/22 at The Playroom Theater
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014

Receiving rave reviews during its summer run, Writer/Actor Joe Assadourian's hit Off-Broadway Comedy THE BULLPEN has opened ticket sales through November 22nd, 2014 at The Playroom Theater. The show, which is directed by Richard Hoehler, is largely influenced by Joe Assadourian's experiences having served 12 years in prison for attempted murder. This extension will include a celebratory performance on October 8th, which will mark the first anniversary of Joe Assadourian's release from Otisville Correctional Facility. The New York Times praised the one man show exclaiming that Joe Assadourian "is one terrific actor," "marvelous," and "extremely funny." (more...)

THE COLOR PURPLE Begins 12/4 at Red House Arts CenterTHE COLOR PURPLE Begins 12/4 at Red House Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2014

Red House Arts Center will present The Color Purple with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray and book by Marsha Norman. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker, this incredibly moving musical tells the story of a young woman who manages to triumph over adversity and find her own voice through the power of love. The show opens at Redhouse on December 5th and runs through December 20th. (more...)

THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- ON THE TOWN's Philip BoykinTHE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- ON THE TOWN's Philip Boykin
by BWW Staff - Nov 14, 2014

In this week's edition, we caught up with Philip Boykin, who is starring in On The Town- currently playing at the Lyric Theatre. (more...)

Glynn Turman, Toni Braxton & More to Be Honored at 24TH Annual NAACP Theatre AwardsGlynn Turman, Toni Braxton & More to Be Honored at 24TH Annual NAACP Theatre Awards
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2014

For 23 years the NAACP Beverly Hills/Hollywood branch has produced a star-studded gala honoring thespians for their astonishing achievement in entertainment and theatre. (more...)

FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY is ReleasedFAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY is Released
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

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BATTLEACTS!, Hapeville Farm and Art Market, Magic and More Set for the Academy Theatre, June-July 2014BATTLEACTS!, Hapeville Farm and Art Market, Magic and More Set for the Academy Theatre, June-July 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2014

The Academy Theatre is now located in Stockbridge at the Stockbridge Community Arts Center, 146 Burke Street, Stockbridge, Georgia 30281 and in Hapeville at the Hapeville Performing Arts Center, 599 N. Central Avenue, Hapeville Georgia 30354. Scroll down for details on the theatre's upcoming June and July 2014 events! (more...)

THE BULLEPEN OPENS Off-Broadway, 6/22THE BULLEPEN OPENS Off-Broadway, 6/22
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

From Cage to Stage - Actor/Writer Joe Assadourian will open his new one-man comedy The Bullpen Off-Broadway on Sunday, June 22nd, at The Playroom Theater. Released from Otisville Correctional Institution in October of 2013 after serving 12 of his 25 year sentence for attempted murder, Assadourian discovered his theatrical ability while reluctantly participating in a workshop behind bars lead by Off-Broadway solo-show Actor/Director Richard Hoehler. The duo has developed the work now for over two years, both inside and outside the state prison system, and it premieres Off-Broadway this summer. (more...)

Keith David Comes to Carnegie Hall, the Cotton Club, 6/23 & 6/25Keith David Comes to Carnegie Hall, the Cotton Club, 6/23 & 6/25
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

For those of you lucky enough to be in New York, actor and singer Keith David will be performing twice next week. He will be at Carnegie Hall on June 23rd for The Black Stars of The Great White Way Broadway Reunion. This will be an all-male tribute that honors a multitude of jazz musicians such as Luis Jordan, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, and others. The concert celebrates the artists' successes at Carnegie Hall, Broadway, television, and the international touring circuit, as well as in the recording and film industries. Keith will be doing an excerpt from his portrayal of Paul Robeson. (more...)

Open Q&A with THE BULLPEN Creative Team Follows Off-Broadway Performance TonightOpen Q&A with THE BULLPEN Creative Team Follows Off-Broadway Performance Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

Eric Krebs, in association with The Fortune Society, presents a special industry performance of THE BULLPEN, a new play written and performed by Joseph Assadourian and directed by Richard Hoehler. The event is set for today, June 20th at 4 p.m. (more...)

Pasadena Playhouse Presents KISS ME, KATE, 9/16-10/12, Save 20% on TicketsPasadena Playhouse Presents KISS ME, KATE, 9/16-10/12, Save 20% on Tickets
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2014

Pasadena Playhouse presents Kiss Me, Kate from Sept. 16 to Oct. 12. Music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Bella and Samuel Spewack, and directed by Sheldon Epps. (more...)

Emmy Winner Wayne Brady to Star Opposite Merle Dandridge in KISS ME, KATE at Pasadena PlayhouseEmmy Winner Wayne Brady to Star Opposite Merle Dandridge in KISS ME, KATE at Pasadena Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

The Pasadena Playhouse announced today that Wayne Brady will star as Fred/Petruchio in the Cole Porter Broadway musical KISS ME, KATE. The multi-Emmy Award winning Brady will head a cast of 17. Epps will direct the 2014-2015 Season opener, which will run from September 16- October 12, 2014 with the official press opening on September 21. The production also stars Merle Dandridge (Broadway's Spamalot and Tarzan) as Lily/Kate. (more...)

Breaking News: Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden and More to Lead New York Philharmonic's SHOW BOAT This November!Breaking News: Vanessa Williams, Julian Ovenden and More to Lead New York Philharmonic's SHOW BOAT This November!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2014

The New York Philharmonic will present a semi-staged production of Kern & Hammerstein's Tony Award-winning musical Show Boat, November 5 - 8, 2014. Vanessa Williams will star as Julie, Julian Ovenden will star as Gaylord Ravenal, and Lauren Worsham will star as Magnolia, all in their Philharmonic debuts. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. (more...)

BLACK BROADWAY: AFRICAN AMERICANS ON THE GREAT WHITE WAY Set for Release in FebruaryBLACK BROADWAY: AFRICAN AMERICANS ON THE GREAT WHITE WAY Set for Release in February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2015

On February 2, 2015, Square One Publishers releases Black Broadway: African Americans on The Great White Way by six-time Tony Award winning producer and author Stewart F. Lane (La Cage aux Folles, A Gentleman's Guide..., War Horse). (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 1/5/15 - SHOW BOATSTAGE TUBE: On This Day for 1/5/15 - SHOW BOAT
by Stage Tube - Jan 5, 2015

Today in 1946, the second Broadway revival of Showboat opened at the Ziegfeld Theatre, and ran for 418 performances. Show Boat is a musical in two acts with music by Jerome Kern and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. It was originally produced in New York in 1927 and in London in 1928, and was based on the 1926 novel of the same name by Edna Ferber. The plot chronicles the lives of those living and working on the Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi River show boat, from 1880 to 1927. The show's dominant themes include racial prejudice and tragic, enduring love. (more...)

Jason Robert Brown, Israel Horovitz & Jeff Baron to Judge First International Jewish Play ContestJason Robert Brown, Israel Horovitz & Jeff Baron to Judge First International Jewish Play Contest
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2015

Five plays - one about a young woman's coming of age at the intersection of the Jewish and American communities; one about the friendship between the actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson and Soviet Jews during WWII; one about a feisty, successful Yiddish actress who fiercely guards her agonizing secrets from a zealous director; one about love and scandal in the 1921 Yiddish Art Theater's production of Ansky's 'The Dybbuk'; and one which takes place during 1945 at the closing of WWII in the Jewish neighborhood of Saratoga Springs known as 'Gut' -- have been chosen as the finalists in first-ever National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's [NYTF] International David and Clare Rosen Memorial Play Contest. (more...)

Lou Beatty Jr. to Lead NOBODY WALKS LIKE MY DADDY at Barbara Morrison PAC, 1/30-2/22Lou Beatty Jr. to Lead NOBODY WALKS LIKE MY DADDY at Barbara Morrison PAC, 1/30-2/22
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2015

Venerable actor Lou Beatty Jr. will star in the role of the father in the social drama "Nobody Walks Like My Daddy" in a four weekend run from Jan. 30 through Feb. 22 at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center in Leimert Park. (more...)

Demedrius Charles's ASCENSION...I AM NOT MY MOTHER Film to Premiere in NYC, 2/17Demedrius Charles's ASCENSION...I AM NOT MY MOTHER Film to Premiere in NYC, 2/17
by Movies News Desk - Feb 9, 2015

The Consulate General of Saint Lucia in New York announced the premiere of 'ASCENSION...I am not my Mother,' an independent film written and produced by Saint Lucian Demedrius Charles. Part of a month-long celebration commemorating Saint Lucia's 36th anniversary of independence, the premiere is scheduled for Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 6:00PM at the Taipei Economic and Culture Center, located at 1 E 42nd Street, Manhattan, New York. This distinguished event will also feature NIGHT JAZMIN Perfumes V.I.P giveaways from NIGHT JAZMIN PRODUCTIONS. (more...)

Aaron Clifton Moten and John Douglas Thompson to Lead YOUNG MAN LANGSTON at 92Y, 2/23Aaron Clifton Moten and John Douglas Thompson to Lead YOUNG MAN LANGSTON at 92Y, 2/23
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

Two of New York's finest stage actors -- Aaron Clifton Moten and John Douglas Thompson -- star in the premiere of Young Man Langston, a dramatic reading from the letters of Langston Hughes that looks at the poet's formative years, from the publication of 'The Negro Speaks of Rivers' and The Weary Blues, to his travels through the American South, to his life as an artist among artists in 1920s Harlem. (more...)

Reduced Shakespeare Company Brings Tour of THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (abridged) to The Paul Robeson Theatre, May 18thReduced Shakespeare Company Brings Tour of THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (abridged) to The Paul Robeson Theatre, May 18th
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2015

Following a hugely successful, critically acclaimed season at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 the Reduced Shakespeare Company will set out to reduce the UK to tears of laughter in Spring 2015. Yes that's right, the bad boys of abridgement will finally tackle the subject they were born to reduce. From the high-brow to the low, THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (abridged) covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes and Shakespeare to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin. (more...)

Photo Flash: Leslie Uggams, Sheldon Epps and More Celebrate Stewart Lane's 'BLACK BROADWAY' at Barnes & NoblePhoto Flash: Leslie Uggams, Sheldon Epps and More Celebrate Stewart Lane's 'BLACK BROADWAY' at Barnes & Noble
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2015

Yesterday, February 25, author and six-time Tony Award-winning producer Stewart Lane (La Cage aux Folles, A Gentleman's Guide…, War Horse), was joined by Tony Award winning actress Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah Baby!, On Golden Pond, Thoroughly Modern Millie, King Hedly II), and acclaimed director Sheldon Epps (Baby It's You!, Blues in the Night), for a conversation with Tom Santopietro (The Godfather Effect…, Considering Doris Day, Sinatra in Hollywood) at Barnes & Noble, 150 East 86th Street, to discuss the inspiring account of the tumultuous path that black actors have traveled to reach recognition on the Great White Way. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

Leslie Uggams, Sheldon Epps and More Celebrate Stewart Lane's 'BLACK BROADWAY' at Barnes & Noble TodayLeslie Uggams, Sheldon Epps and More Celebrate Stewart Lane's 'BLACK BROADWAY' at Barnes & Noble Today
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

Today, February 25 at 7PM, Barnes & Noble, 150 East 86th Street hosts author and six-time Tony Award-winning producer Stewart Lane (La Cage aux Folles, A Gentleman's Guide..., War Horse), Tony Award winning actress Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah Baby!, On Golden Pond, Thoroughly Modern Millie, King Hedly II), acclaimed Broadway director Sheldon Epps (Baby It's You!, Play On!, Blues in the Night), and author Tom Santopietro (The Godfather Effect..., Considering Doris Day, Sinatra in Hollywood) in a discussion about the inspiring account of the tumultuous path that black actors have traveled to reach recognition on the Great White Way. (more...)

Leslie Uggams, Sheldon Epps and More to Celebrate Stewart Lane's 'BLACK BROADWAY' at Barnes & Noble TomorrowLeslie Uggams, Sheldon Epps and More to Celebrate Stewart Lane's 'BLACK BROADWAY' at Barnes & Noble Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2015

On Wednesday, February 25 at 7PM, Barnes & Noble, 150 East 86th Street hosts author and six-time Tony Award-winning producer Stewart Lane (La Cage aux Folles, A Gentleman's Guide…, War Horse), Tony Award winning actress Leslie Uggams (Hallelujah Baby!, On Golden Pond, Thoroughly Modern Millie, King Hedly II), acclaimed Broadway director Sheldon Epps (Baby It's You!, Play On!, Blues in the Night), and author Tom Santopietro (The Godfather Effect…, Considering Doris Day, Sinatra in Hollywood) in a discussion about the inspiring account of the tumultuous path that black actors have traveled to reach recognition on the Great White Way. This special Black History Month event celebrates the release of Lane's new book Black Broadway: African Americans on The Great White Way. (more...)

'Central Park Five' to Attend THE BULLPEN This Weekend for Post-Show Talk'Central Park Five' to Attend THE BULLPEN This Weekend for Post-Show Talk
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2015

The Central Park Five, the group of five young black and Latino youths falsely arrested and convicted in 1989 for the brutal beating and rape of a white woman in Central Park, will attend a performance of The Bullpen, the one-man - 18-character comedy written and performed by Joe Assadourian, (now playing through March 21) at The Playroom Theater (151 West 46th Street -- just east of Broadway) it was announced today by producer Eric Krebs (in association with The Fortune Society). (more...)

Rattlestick to Welcome Vanessa Redgrave for One-Night-Only LAST TRAIN TO PARIS ReadingRattlestick to Welcome Vanessa Redgrave for One-Night-Only LAST TRAIN TO PARIS Reading
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2015

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater artistic director David Van Asselt and managing director Brian Long have announced that Vanessa Redgrave will perform a one-night-only reading of a dramatic adaptation of the novel Last Train to Paris by Michele Zackheim on Monday, March 30 at 7pm at the Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street. (more...)

BWW Reviews: HGO's MAGIC FLUTE Hits Every NoteBWW Reviews: HGO's MAGIC FLUTE Hits Every Note
by Guest Blogger: Bryan-Keyth Wilson - Feb 17, 2015

I am taken back to the first Opera I saw as a kid and the pomp and circumstance with wearing a tux and walking to the lavish theatre; this was when I fell in love with classical music. Often times we hear opera and other classical art forms are inaccessible to the people, but Houston Grand Opera's English translation of Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE (Die Zauberflote) proved that opera isn't a stuffy, highbrow art form for the bourgeois. THE MAGIC FLUTE premiered on September 30, 1791 at Emanuel Schikaneder's theatre, the Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna, and Mozart conducted the orchestra. The MAGIC FLUTE often referenced as a singspiel, is an opus with spoken dialogue which lends itself to the elements of classical musical theatre. The heart of this new work was an excerpt from the oriental genie tales collected by poet Christoph Martin Wieland but transitioned to have Masonic elements from the novel Sethos by Abbe Jean Terrasson. (more...)

THE COLOR PURPLE Begins Tonight at Red House Arts CenterTHE COLOR PURPLE Begins Tonight at Red House Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2014

Red House Arts Center will present The Color Purple with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray and book by Marsha Norman. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker, this incredibly moving musical tells the story of a young woman who manages to triumph over adversity and find her own voice through the power of love. The show opens at Redhouse on December 5th and runs through December 20th. (more...)

East Lynne Theater Company Receives Cooperative Marketing GrantEast Lynne Theater Company Receives Cooperative Marketing Grant
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

The Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company is receiving $16,020.00 from the Cooperative Marketing Grant sponsored by the New Jersey Department of State: Division of Travel and Tourism. The award was given based on the scores of an independent evaluation and funding review committee that studied ELTC's application and marketing plan. (more...)

Four Seasons, ABBA Among 2015 Inductees into Recording Academy's Grammy Hall of FameFour Seasons, ABBA Among 2015 Inductees into Recording Academy's Grammy Hall of Fame
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2014

Continuing the tradition of preserving and celebrating timeless recordings, The Recording Academy® has announced the newest additions to its legendary GRAMMY Hall Of Fame®. (more...)

L. Scott Caldwell to Star in Colony Theatre's WHAT I LEARNED IN PARIS This FallL. Scott Caldwell to Star in Colony Theatre's WHAT I LEARNED IN PARIS This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

The Colony Theatre will present the second production of its historic 40th Anniversary season, the West Coast Premiere of WHAT I LEARNED IN PARIS by Pearl Cleage. The production stars Tony winner L. Scott Caldwell, and is directed by Saundra McClain. WHAT I LEARNED IN PARIS will preview on Wednesday, September 3; Thursday, September 4; andFriday, September 5 at 8:00pm. It will open on Saturday, September 6 at 8:00pm and continue through Sunday, October 5 at The Colony Theatre, 555 North Third Street in Burbank. (more...)

THE BULLPEN Extends Through 11/22 at The Playroom TheaterTHE BULLPEN Extends Through 11/22 at The Playroom Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Receiving rave reviews during its summer run, Writer/Actor Joe Assadourian's hit Off-Broadway Comedy THE BULLPEN has opened ticket sales through November 22nd, 2014 at The Playroom Theater. The show, which is directed by Richard Hoehler, is largely influenced by Joe Assadourian's experiences having served 12 years in prison for attempted murder. This extension will include a celebratory performance on October 8th, which will mark the first anniversary of Joe Assadourian's release from Otisville Correctional Facility. The New York Times praised the one man show exclaiming that Joe Assadourian "is one terrific actor," "marvelous," and "extremely funny." (more...)

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