The Players to Honor Barbara Cook with Helen Hayes Award; Charles Busch to Host
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2016

The Players, the city's most fabled private social club for actors and artists, will present its inaugural Helen Hayes Award to Barbara Cook, the musical theatre legend who is widely considered one of the twentieth century's best interpreters of the Great American Songbook, at a gala ceremony on Thursday, September 15th. (more...)

BWW Review: Fantastic Z's DEVIL BOYS FROM BEYOND a Bit Too Campy
by Jay Irwin - Sep 30, 2016

Fantastic Z Theatre is closing out their season of gay comedy with the campy take on 50's sci-fi, Buddy Thomas and Kenneth Elliott's 'Devil Boys From Beyond'. And while this crazy romp certainly has the fun of their previous shows, at times the camp gets to be a bit much to the point of lacking focus and it's there where the play suffers. (more...)

Long Beach Playhouse to Stage Wilde-ly Feminine THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2016

Only one other writer could compete with Shakespeare for the title of the most quoted playwright, and that is Oscar Wilde. Long Beach playhouse takes on an all female cast with The Importance of Being Earnest directed by 'Phie Mura in the Studio. (more...)

PERFECT ARRANGEMENT Launches RTP'S 24th Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

Richmond Triangle Players' launches its 24th Season of mainstage works with Atlanta playwright Topher Payne's new comedy PERFECT ARRANGEMENT.  The play opens Thursday, September 29th at 8:00 pm at RTP's theater at 1300 Altamont Avenue in Richmond, after a low-priced preview today, September 28th.  The production runs through October 22, and is sponsored by Barcode. (more...)

Charles Busch to Talk THE TRIBUTE ARTIST, CLEOPATRA and More at The Drama Book Shop
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Continuing its series of intimate conversations with playwrights and performers, The Drama Book Shop will welcome Tony Award nominee Charles Busch on Friday, October 14th at 5:00pm. (more...)

BWW Review: Desert Theatreworks Starts its Season with a Top-Notch Production of the Enigmatic Play, THE REALISTIC JONESES
by Audrey Liebross - Sep 19, 2016

Desert Theatreworks (DTW), Palm Desert's 501(c)(3) community theatre, is presenting Will Eno's esoteric play, THE REALISTIC JONESES. This top-notch production is a must-see for theatergoers interested in well-acted, absorbing, unsettling plays. However, the meaning of the play is difficult to discern. (more...)

The Players Honor Barbara Cook with Helen Hayes Award Tonight; Charles Busch to Host
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

The Players, the city's most fabled private social club for actors and artists, will present its inaugural Helen Hayes Award to Barbara Cook, the musical theatre legend who is widely considered one of the twentieth century's best interpreters of the Great American Songbook, at a gala ceremony tonight, September 15th. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Tampa - Week of 10/09/2016
by BWW - Oct 9, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/09/2016 for Tampa (more...)

Cupcake Lady Sets Cast for HAZELWOOD JR HIGH
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

Say hello to the cast of Cupcake Lady's Hazelwood Jr High! (more...)

BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Our School, Our Show, OUR TOWN: Meet the Family Edition Part 1
by Guest Blogger: Amanda Grillo - Oct 24, 2016

The concept of family is a very large aspect of this production. The cast becomes a family through bonding; the script features two every day families. This week, we have the pleasure of meeting the Gibbs family and getting an inside look at their perspective of theatre and the production. (more...)

BWW Review: Stageworks Theatre Presents Charles Busch's PSYCHO BEACH PARTY
by Peter Nason - Oct 17, 2016

Zachary Hines, Matthew McGee & Ricky Cona are the Holy Trinity of Camp in this fun-fun-fun production. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Tampa - Week of 10/16/2016
by BWW - Oct 16, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/16/2016 for Tampa (more...)

Charles Busch Talks THE TRIBUTE ARTIST, CLEOPATRA and More Tonight at The Drama Book Shop
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2016

Continuing its series of intimate conversations with playwrights and performers, The Drama Book Shop will welcome Tony Award nominee Charles Busch tonight, October 14th at 5:00pm. (more...)

Charles Busch to Perform at Pride Arts Center this January
by BWW News Desk - Nov 29, 2016

Pride Arts Center presents Charles Busch; That Girl, That Boy in The Broadway in the Pride Arts Center for two nights only on January 29 and 30, 2017. This is the first time this theatrical legend will play his solo show in Chicago. And this is the first of what will be quarterly Pride Arts Center Presents events featuring prominent performers from the world of theater, music, film and more in the newly opened Pride Arts Center. (more...)

THE DIVINE SISTER Opens This Weekend at Fells Point Corner Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 17, 2016

Fells Point Corner Theatre is exceedingly blessed and humbled to announce the third show of our 2016-2017 Season #RescueMe, The Divine Sister by Charles Busch (author of the acclaimed plays Psycho Beach Party and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife). Join us as Mother Superior battles to save her deteriorating convent while juggling a mystical postulant with visions, a sexual frenzy in the nunnery, a confused schoolboy and a seductive suitor intent on luring her away from her sacred vows. (more...)

The Players Honor Barbara Cook with Helen Hayes Award This Week; Charles Busch to Host
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

The Players, the city's most fabled private social club for actors and artists, will present its inaugural Helen Hayes Award to Barbara Cook, the musical theatre legend who is widely considered one of the twentieth century's best interpreters of the Great American Songbook, at a gala ceremony on Thursday, November 17th. (more...)

BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Our School, Our Show, OUR TOWN: Meet the Family Edition Part 2
by Guest Blogger: Amanda Grillo - Nov 1, 2016

As stated last week, the concept of family is a very large aspect of this production. Last week, we had the pleasure of meeting the Gibbs family. This week we get an inside look at the perspective of theatre and the production from the Webb family. (more...)

Hell in a Handbag's THE DIVINE SISTER to Run 6/4-7/10 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to present the Chicago premiere of THE DIVINE SISTER, the hilarious comic homage to nearly every Hollywood nun film ever made, by the divine high priestess of camp Charles Busch and directed by Shade Murray. THE DIVINE SISTER will play June 4 - July 10, 2016 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church (yes, an actual church!), 1650 W. Foster Ave. in Handbag's home base, Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. Tickets for THE DIVINE SISTER and Handbag 2016 Season subscriptions are currently available at www.handbagproductions.org or by calling (800) 838-3006. The press opening is Friday, June 10 at 8 pm. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 5/30/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 31, 2016

Summertime is here, what with Memorial Day and all that it encompasses, and we can think of no better seasonal activity than taking in some local theater. No matter where you are in the Volunteer State, Tennessee theater companies are ready and willing to help transport you to a different world, another time and place where your life can be is transformed magically on a stage very near you! (more...)

Pandora Productions to Stage Charles Busch's PSYCHO BEACH PARTY
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Pandora Productions end the 2015-2016 season with the Charles Busch classic campy, sci-fi, beach movie spoof: Psycho Beach Party. Join the cool surf set on Malibu Beach as they try to unravel the mystery of why people are being shaved head to toe! Something's not right on the beach. Is it the movie starlet who has run away from the studio? Is it the surfing star of the beach? Is it the scrawny boyish girl who wants to surf more than anything? Or is it her best friend who is a Sartre freak? Find out as Pandora presents this hilarious spoof. (more...)

BWW Review: Fantastic Z's PSYCHO BEACH PARTY Provides Hot Kitschy Hilarity
by Jay Irwin - May 27, 2016

I'll admit I'm quite picky and protective about the works of Charles Busch. He's one of my favorite authors with his brilliant ability to tell a well thought out story through the kitschy lens of 40's, 50's and 60's pop culture. I've been fortunate enough to see the master himself perform his own works three times. I've only ever seen a local production attempt one of his works once before (a dreadful bastardization of “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom” that need never be mentioned again). So when I heard that Fantastic Z was performing his most well known work, “Psycho Beach Party” AND it was opening on my birthday I thought this could either be a wonderful thing or the universe playing a cruel joke. Well lucky for me (and for all of you) the folks at Fantastic Z and director Kyle Baiz must have as much love and respect for the piece as I do as they managed a fun and frothy, pitch perfect production. (more...)

CRITIC'S CHOICE: The (Summer) Game's Afoot, Y'all!
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 27, 2016

Is it just me or is everyone else amazed by how quickly 2016 seems to be moving - in a theatrical sense, at least - and what with Memorial Day Weekend upon us, we're gobsmacked (gobsmacked, I tell ya!) by the wide range of productions offered up by Tennessee theater companies this weekend. Included are Street Theatre Company's Assassins, Center for the Arts' 42nd Street down in Murfreesboro, Rumors out at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre and the final performance of The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers at Cumberland County Playhouse. (more...)

Nashville-Area Auditions Calendar 5/24/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 24, 2016

Theaters and production companies throughout Middle Tennessee are looking for directors, crew members and cast members for several upcoming productions, including Young Frankenstein at Murfreesboro's Center for the Arts and Peter and the Starcatcher at Dickson's Renaissance Players. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 5/23/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 23, 2016

'Spring is here! Why doesn't my heart go dancing?' - or at least to the theater to be transported to a different world, another time and place where life is transformed and magic happens before your very eyes... (more...)

Jenna Pryor Stars in MCTC's PSYCHO BEACH PARTY
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 17, 2016

Charles Busch's Psycho Beach Party - described by director Bradley Moore as "a campy, over-the-top comedy that blends the beach setting of Gidget with the insanity of a John Waters' movie" - is next up for Music City Theatre Company, playing Darkhorse Theater June 2-12. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 5/16/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 16, 2016

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Warehouse Theatre to Present Tony Kushner's ANGELS IN AMERICA
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Warehouse Theatre is pleased to announce the next production in its 2016 Season, Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner and directed by Kristofer Green. (more...)

Andre De Shields to Guest Star in WOZ: A ROCK CABARET at Victory Gardens Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Joining the original cast as the Wizard is Tony Award-nominated actor Andre De Shields, Broadway's original 'The Wiz' (1975). (more...)

BWW Review: AMADEUS at Conejo Players Theatre
by Cary Ginell - May 12, 2016

The grand rivalry between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his erstwhile mentor Antonio Salieri is mainly apocryphal, generated for dramatic effect by playwright Peter Shaffer in his 1979 play, 'Amadeus,' but the idea was, nevertheless, a brilliant one. Conejo Players Theatre has put on an opulent, emotionally charged production of Shaffer's poetically dramatic story, which was famously adapted for the Oscar-winning 1984 film starring F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce. (more...)

Charles Busch Returning to Feinsteins/54 Below in June
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

The inimitable Charles Busch, two-time MAC Award winner, Tony nominee, and drag legend, returns to Feinstein's/54 Below on Friday, June 10, and Saturday, June 11, at 7pm with an anniversary celebration of both his four year collaboration with his dashing musical director, Tom Judson, and their Feinstein's/54 Below debut. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 5/10/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 10, 2016

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Photo Flash: Hell in a Handbag Stages Chicago Premiere of THE DIVINE SISTER
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

Hell in a Handbag Productions presents the Chicago premiere of THE DIVINE SISTER, the hilarious comic homage to nearly every Hollywood nun film ever made, by the divine high priestess of camp Charles Busch and directed by Shade Murray. THE DIVINE SISTER will play through July 10, 2016 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church (yes, an actual church!), 1650 W. Foster Ave. in Handbag's home base, Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. Tickets for THE DIVINE SISTER and Handbag 2016 Season subscriptions are currently available at www.handbagproductions.org or by calling (800) 838-3006. The press opening is Friday, June 10 at 8 pm. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 6/6/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 6, 2016

Summertime is here, what with Memorial Day and all that it encompasses, and we can think of no better seasonal activity than taking in some local theater. No matter where you are in the Volunteer State, Tennessee theater companies are ready and willing to help transport you to a different world, another time and place where your life can be is transformed magically on a stage very near you! (more...)

Hell in a Handbag's 2016 Season Beginning Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2016

Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to announce its 2016 Season, and this year no holy cow is too sacred. (more...)

Hell in a Handbag's THE DIVINE SISTER Begins Performances Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2016

Hell in a Handbag Productions is pleased to announce casting for its Chicago premiere of THE DIVINE SISTER, the hilarious comic homage to nearly every Hollywood nun film ever made, by the divine high priestess of camp Charles Busch and directed by Shade Murray. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at PSYCHO BEACH PARTY at Theatre Three
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

Theatre Three presents its 2016-17 curtain raiser, the campy cult classic comedy, Psycho Beach Party by Charles Busch, running now through July 10, 2016. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

THE WEDDING SINGER, Two Premieres and More Set for Theatre Three's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

Theatre Three unmasked seven productions, plus a curtain raiser, to be produced as part of the 2016-17 "Season of Masquerade" via video announcement on social media platforms at noon today, March 21. (more...)

The Friday 5 (On Thursday): PSYCHO BEACH PARTY's Pitts and Turner
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 2, 2016

The summer theater season in Nashville begins tonight with a revival of Charles Busch's Psycho Beach Party, which turns the formulaic beach movie of the early 1960s on its ear with a skewed and definitely crazy take on the genre. Opening at the Darkhorse Theater - the latest offering from Bradley Moore's Music City Theatre Company - it features a talented cast bringing Busch's classically campy characters to life. Today, you can get to know Gerald Pitts and Elizabeth Turner better, just before calling to make reservations to see the show! (more...)

SUMMER STAGES: BWW's Top Summer Theatre Picks – Seattle
by Jay Irwin - Jun 2, 2016

Once again those summer months are upon us but that doesn't mean we can't still spend some time in a darkened theater. Here are my top picks for summer shows happening around the Seattle area. (more...)

Warehouse Theatre Presents Tony Kushner's ANGELS IN AMERICA, Beginning Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2016

Warehouse Theatre continues its 2016 Season today with Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches by Tony Kushner and directed by Kristofer Green. (more...)

Photo Flash: Interrobang Theatre Project's THE NORTH POOL
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

Interrobang Theatre Project will conclude its 2015-16 Season, exploring “Unnatural Disasters,” with the Midwest premiere of the psychological drama THE NORTH POOL by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, directed by Co-Artistic Director James Yost*, playing May 27 – June 26, 2016 at The Athenaeum Theatre (Studio 2), 2936 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at www.interrobangtheatre.org, by calling (773) 935-6875 or in person at The Athenaeum Theatre Box Office. The press opening is Sunday, May 29 at 2 pm. (more...)

New Season Announced at Fells Point Corner Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

As our social and emotional differences corrode our relationships and divide us within our communities, Fells Point Corner Theatre dedicates its 2016­2017 season to reaffirming our belief in each other. This season we want to celebrate our capabilities, our vulnerabilities, and the challenges of being 'human,' together. #RescueMe is about what binds us together when we need each other, when we can't go it alone, when we must reach out. (more...)

Photo Flash: Charles Busch & Company Back in the Habit for THE DIVINE SISTER at Bucks County Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

Charles Busch and members of the original cast of his hit play, THE DIVINE SISTER will go back in the habit at Bucks County Playhouse for a limited run of the play July 22 through August 13. The official opening night is July 23. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the stars in character below! (more...)

Shattered Globe Theatre Announces 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

Shattered Globe Theatre is pleased to announce the first two productions of its 2016-17 Season, kicking off this fall with a revival of Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard's quintessential American drama TRUE WEST, directed by James Yost. The production will feature Shattered Globe Ensemble Members Joseph Wiens, Kevin Viol and Rebecca Jordan with Rob Frankel.   (more...)

Andre De Shields Guest Stars in WOZ: A ROCK CABARET, Beginning Tonight at Victory Gardens Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2016

Joining the original cast as the Wizard is Tony Award-nominated actor Andre De Shields, Broadway's original 'The Wiz' (1975). (more...)

Photo Flash: Charles Busch & Company Back in the Habit for THE DIVINE SISTER at Bucks County Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

Charles Busch and members of the original cast of his hit play, THE DIVINE SISTER will go back in the habit at Bucks County Playhouse for a limited run of the play July 22 through August 13. The official opening night is July 23. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the stars in character below! (more...)

Charles Busch to Return to Provincetown Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

Producer Rick Murray's Crown & Anchor Broadway Series continues its 2016 season at the Paramount Cabaret with legendary performer Charles Busch returning to Provincetown for one performance only, Monday, September 5 at 8:30 p.m. (more...)

PERFECT ARRANGEMENT Launches RTP'S 24th Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

Richmond Triangle Players' launches its 24th Season of mainstage works with Atlanta playwright Topher Payne's new comedy PERFECT ARRANGEMENT.  The play opens Thursday, September 29th at 8:00 pm at RTP's theater at 1300 Altamont Avenue in Richmond, after a low-priced preview on Wednesday, September 28th.  The production runs through October 22, and is sponsored by Barcode. (more...)

Photo Coverage: First look at Short North Stage's PSYCHO BEACH PARTY
by Jerri Shafer - Aug 20, 2016

The hilarity returns! If you missed it on the Garden Stage in the chill of January 2015, escape the heat of August with this over-the-top comedy by Charles Busch (Die, Mommie, Die and The Divine Sister). An outrageous parody of the campy beach party movies of the 1960s, this revival of the Immersive Theater production reunites the original cast, include Doug Joseph and Nick Hardin. A BENEFIT FOR SHORT NORTH STAGE. (more...)

Long Beach Playhouse to Stage Wilde-ly Feminine THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Only one other writer could compete with Shakespeare for the title of the most quoted playwright, and that is Oscar Wilde. Long Beach playhouse takes on an all female cast with The Importance of Being Earnest directed by 'Phie Mura in the Studio. (more...)

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