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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...)

Charles Busch and Penny Fuller Lend Their Voices For the Upcoming Musical DIVA: LIVE FROM HELL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2017

Charles Busch and Penny Fuller, who appeared together as bosom buddies Mame and Vera in Auntie Mame at the Bay Street Theatre, will lend their voices to Monahan & Oyen's DIVA: Live From Hell. Busch (The Divine Sister, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife) will voice the manager of the dingy cabaret venue in Hell, where Desmond Channing (played by Monahan) is doomed to perform his torturous act for eternity. Fuller (Sunday in the Park with George, The Elephant Man), who was nominated for a Tony Award for her portrayal of Eve Harrington in the musical Applause, will voice the grandmother of Desmond Channing (loosely inspired by the character of Eve Harrington's nemesis, Margo Channing). (more...)

BWW Interview: OC's Segerstrom Center Welcomes Charles Busch in THE LADY AT THE MIC
by Michael L. Quintos - Mar 6, 2017

Making his Segerstrom Center for the Arts debut, Tony Award® nominee Charles Busch is bringing his unique and critically-acclaimed talents to the Samueli Theater March 9-11, 2017 as part of Segerstrom Center's Cabaret Series. Entitled THE LADY AT THE MIC, Busch will enchant audiences in this intimate evening of songs and stories which he originally created for Lincoln Center's American Songbook series. Busch will be accompanied by longtime musical director Tom Judson where the artists will be paying tribute to extraordinary and much-missed women. Before Busch sashays into Costa Mesa, he agreed to answer a few questions from BroadwayWorld's Michael L. Quintos about the upcoming OC cabaret concert. (more...)

DIE, MOMMIE, DIE!, Starring Drew Droege, Extends at Celebration Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Celebration Theatre and John Michael Beck are dying to tell you that their smash-hit, Ovation!-recommended, critically-acclaimed second show in its 2016-2017 season, under the artistic direction of Michael Matthews & Michael A. Shepperd, Drew Droege starring in DIE, MOMMIE, DIE! by Charles Busch and directed by Ryan Bergmann is extending through Sunday, April 9 at Celebration Theatre @ the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave. in Los Angeles. (more...)

Sold Out Crowds Cheer for Charles Busch in THAT GIRL/THAT BOY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

Just as death knells and obituaries are beginning to appear in the press for cabaret in Los Angeles (usually by inexperienced journalists in their 20s who seem to think that entertainment is restricted to their computers, IPads and IPhones), proof to the contrary arrives in the form of one Charles Busch in "THAT GIRL/ THAT BOY" at Rockwell stage and table on March 13th and 14th . With sold out and standing room only crowds, not to mention multiple standing ovations, clearly cabaret's heart was beating strong and proud. (more...)

BWW Review: Charles Busch Makes Smashing Cabaret Debut at Rockwell
by Don Grigware - Mar 15, 2017

Charles Busch is more than just a drag artist; he is a bonafide actor./actress. This has been amply proved through the last 40 years in the performances of his plays off-Broadway and on tour with Vampire Lesbians of Soddom, Psycho Beach Party, and Die, Mommy, Die! among many others. Now in his LA cabaret debut at Rockwell Table and Stage, Busch has added more dimension, more layers to his persona in performance as he exposes himself to the audience from the inside out and comes clean in a dress as … Charles Busch. (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...)

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...)

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...)

Drag Legend Charles Busch Brings Eclectic Cabaret Show THAT GIRL/THAT BOY to LA
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2017

The inimitable Charles Busch, two-time MAC Award winner, Tony nominee, and drag legend, brings to 'That Girl/That Boy' an eclectic program of songs both contemporary and from the past, with 'Cabaret,' presented by Monica Horan Rosenthal and Scott H. Mauro. Accompanied by his dashing longtime musical director, Tom Judson, Charles combines hilarious personal reminiscence, character sketches and superb storytelling through song into one glittering and glamorous evening in cabaret. (more...)

American Bard Theater Explores Gender Roles, Race, and Death in VISIONARY VOICES
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2017

American Bard Theater Company presents Visionary Voices, three poignant, tantalizing plays by two pioneering women playwrights, exploring gender roles, race, and death in America's early twentieth century. Aimee Todoroff and Tonya Pinkins direct. The evening of one-act works include Trifles by Susan Glaspell (1916), Exit: An Illusion by Marita Bonner (1929), and The People by Susan Glaspell (1918). Performances will be staged at the Gloria Maddox Theatre, 151 West 26th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001 from February 15-March 5, 2017. (more...)

Tonya Pinkins to Direct VISIONARY VOICES at American Bard Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

American Bard Theater Company presents Visionary Voices, three poignant, tantalizing plays by two pioneering women playwrights, exploring gender roles, race, and death in America's early twentieth century. (more...)

Celebration Theatre and JohnMichael Beck Present DIE, MOMMY, DIE!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Celebration Theatre and JohnMichael Beck present the second show in its 2016-2017 season, under the artistic direction of Michael Matthews & Michael A. Shepperd, Drew Droege starring in DIE, MOMMIE, DIE! by Charles Busch and directed by Ryan Bergmann.  DIE, MOMMIE, DIE! will begin previews on Friday, February 10 at 8pm; will open on Friday, February 17 at 8pm and perform throughSunday, March 26 at Celebration Theatre @ the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave. in Los Angeles. (more...)

Giles Davies, David Jenkins and More Lead CLOUD 9 at Jobsite Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2017

Jobsite Theatre is excited to announce complete casting for Caryl Churchill's Cloud 9, closing our season this July! The show goes into rehearsal in June.  Immediately next up is Martin McDonagh's A Skull in Connemara in March (casting already announced and going into rehearsal on Feb. 6) and then Israel Horovitz's Gloucester Blue (still in casting). (more...)

BWW Interview: Charles Busch Talks THAT GIRL/THAT BOY in His LA Cabaret Debut at Rockwell Table and Stage
by Don Grigware - Feb 27, 2017

Actor, singer, playwright and film historian Charles Busch is a multi-talented artist who has won many awards over the course of  his varied career. Remembered for his plays Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Psycho Beach Party and Die! Mommie Die!, the latter two having been translated to film, Busch never ceases to amaze with his unique style of creativity. On March 13 and 14 he is bringing his act That Girl/That Boy to Rockwell Table and Stage. In our chat, he talks about this cabaret evening along with delightful observations of the theatre and movie world. In a nutshell, tell our readers about what you are doing in That Girl/That Boy at Rockwell on March 13/14. How is the show unlike any show you have ever done? (more...)

La Jolla Playhouse Presents Benefit Performance of Charles Busch's THE LADY AT THE MIC
by BWW News Desk - Feb 27, 2017

La Jolla Playhouse announces a special benefit engagement of The Lady at the Mic, written by and starring Charles Busch(Playhouse's The Third Story, Broadway's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife), accompanied by Tom Judson, to be performed atThe Abbey at 2825 Fifth Avenue on Friday, March 24 at 8:00pm. (more...)

Interrobang Theatre Project Presents FALLING
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

Interrobang Theatre Project concludes its 2016-17 Season, exploring 'Flesh and Blood,' with the Chicago premiere of Deanna Jent's drama FALLING, one family's battle against stigma from society and each other. Directed by Co-Artistic Director James Yost*, FALLING will play March 17 - April 16, 2017 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, March 19 at 2 pm. (more...)

Quartet of Hosts Named for Midwinter's First Night
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 8, 2016

Austin Jeffrey Smith, Taylor Tracey, Jenna Pryor and Julia Nettles will share the stage as co-hosts of 2017 Midwinter's First Night, set for Sunday, January 8, 2017, at The Larry Keeton Theatre in Donelson. (more...)

BWW 2016 Seattle Critic's Choice Awards (Jay's Picks)
by Jay Irwin - Dec 31, 2016

It's been a crazy year, Dear Readers. Lots of ups, lots of downs, and LOTS of emotions. And I'm not just talking about on stage. But let's not dwell on the bad things that may have happened in the world and focus on some of the amazing things Seattle theater companies gave us this past year, and let me tell you there were quite a few. So many in fact that in some categories I simply had to call out more than the usual Honorable Mentions as some performances just needed to be noted. You'll see what I mean especially when you get to the female categories as the ladies were certainly bringing it this year. But let's get started shall we? Out of the myriad shows I saw this year in Seattle, here are the shows and performances that truly stood out to me. (more...)

Casting Announced for Interrobang Theatre's FALLING Chicago Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Dec 28, 2016

Interrobang Theatre Project concludes its 2016-17 Season, exploring 'Flesh and Blood,' with the Chicago premiere of Deanna Jent's drama FALLING, one family's battle against stigma from society and each other. (more...)

First Night's Top Ten of 2017 Announced in Music City
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 28, 2016

First Night's Top Ten of 2017 - critic Jeffrey Ellis' annual review of the best in Tennessee theater - were revealed tonight during a live Facebook broadcast at 7:30 p.m. (CST), with Actor's Bridge Ensemble and Studio Tenn/TPAC leading the nods in this year's listing of categories. (more...)

BWW Review: 16 for 2016 - The Best Shows and Performances of the Year in the Tampa-St. Petersburg Area
by Peter Nason - Dec 27, 2016

We surely needed theatre as a tonic for the horrors that defined 2016; here are the best of the best shows in the Bay Area. (more...)

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

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

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...)

Celebration Theatre Announces Final Extension of DIE, MOMMIE, DIE!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2017

KILLER NEWS!  Celebration Theatre and JohnMichael Beck are thrilled to announce the final extension of their smash-hit, Ovation! Recommended, critically acclaimed second show in its 2016-2017 season, under the artistic direction of Michael Matthews & Michael A. Shepperd, Drew Droege starring in DIE, MOMMIE, DIE! by Charles Busch and directed by Ryan Bergmann is EXTENDING ONE LAST TIME through SATURDAY, APRIL 22 at Celebration Theatre @ the Lex Theatre, 6760 Lexington Ave. in Los Angeles. (more...)

Robert Louis Stevenson's TREASURE ISLAND Sails to the Long Beach Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2017

On April 8, the Long Beach Playhouse presents Treasure Island, the beloved classic by Robert Louis Stevenson. For many of us, most of what we know about pirates, buried treasure and adventure came from Stevenson's novel. In 2005, Phil Willmott re-imagined the story with 21st century sensibilities and the belief that women make outstanding pirates. It is his version - which fully retains the swashbuckling story and spirit of the original - that will delight Playhouse audiences this season. (more...)

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