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Michael Cerveris, Christian Borle, Judy Kuhn, Andy Karl & More Join Lineup for 17th Annual BROADWAY BARKS!Michael Cerveris, Christian Borle, Judy Kuhn, Andy Karl & More Join Lineup for 17th Annual BROADWAY BARKS!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

BROADWAY BARKS announces their 17th annual star-studded dog and cat adoption event to benefit New York City animal shelters and adoption agencies. Founded by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, this event features celebrities from the hottest shows on Broadway.  The event, produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will take place on Saturday, July 11 in Shubert Alley (located between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue). The festivities begin at 3:00 p.m. where you meet all the adoptable dogs and cats; celebrity presentations of adoptable pets will take place between 5:00-6:30 p.m. This year's event will be co-hosted by Bernadette Peters and Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon, HBO's "Girls"). The event is free and open to the public. (more...)

BWW Reviews:  LOVES LABOURS LOST at STNJ's Outdoor Stage is a Delight for TheatergoersBWW Reviews: LOVES LABOURS LOST at STNJ's Outdoor Stage is a Delight for Theatergoers
by Marina Kennedy - Jun 29, 2015

Enjoy a real summer treat. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is presenting 'Love's Labour's Lost' at their Outdoor Stage on the grounds of the College of Saint Elizabeth. (more...)

Hole in the Wall Theater to Present ENRON, 7/17-8/8Hole in the Wall Theater to Present ENRON, 7/17-8/8
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

The Hole in the Wall Theater (HITW) in New Britain, CT will present ENRON, Lucy Prebble's play recounting the events of one of the most infamous scandals in financial history, as the sixth production of its 2014-2015 season. Performances run Fridays & Saturdays from July 17 - August 8, 2015 at HITW on 116 Main Street in New Britain, CT. Tickets are $20.00 (general admission) and $15.00 (students and seniors).  They can be purchased at the door and online at www.hitw.org. The July 24th show will be our Pay-What-You-Can performance.    (more...)

Jose Llana Teases SPELLING BEE 10th Anniversary Reunion On Social MediaJose Llana Teases SPELLING BEE 10th Anniversary Reunion On Social Media
by Pat Cerasaro - Jun 29, 2015

The SPELLING BEE cast is back together at last! (more...)

Watford Palace Theatre to Premiere New Play by Neil D'SouzaWatford Palace Theatre to Premiere New Play by Neil D'Souza
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

This October Watford Palace Theatre will be producing the world premiere of Coming Up, Neil D'Souza's evocative, playful and magical new play about family ties, and how quickly we can become disconnected from ourselves. The play was commissioned by Watford Palace Theatre (WPT) and will be directed by Artistic Director Brigid Larmour. (more...)

IMAX Theaters to Debut 5 Minutes of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION Ahead of ReleaseIMAX Theaters to Debut 5 Minutes of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION Ahead of Release
by Movies News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

Paramount Pictures and Skydance announced today that five minutes of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation will debut exclusively in IMAX theaters one month prior to its theatrical release. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

 BALLOON BOY: THE MUSICAL, a new musical featuring book, music and lyrics by Billy Recce, will be presented in the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival Developmental Reading Series. (more...)

Musical Theatre Factory to Present RENT A WHITE GUYMusical Theatre Factory to Present RENT A WHITE GUY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2015

Musical Theatre Factory (MTF) will present a developmental reading of RENT A WHITE GUY, A Modern-China Fable with book, lyrics and music by Anna Grace Carter. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Rebecca Taichman's Ever-Evolving Relationship with TWELFTH NIGHTBWW Interviews: Rebecca Taichman's Ever-Evolving Relationship with TWELFTH NIGHT
by Ellen Dostal - Jun 28, 2015

When the subject is Shakespeare's bittersweet comedy TWELFTH NIGHT, the metaphors and analogies come easily to director Rebecca Taichman, who uses words like "epic," "complex," "Mozartian" and "perfect." "It's truly bottomless," she says. "I thought I knew everything about the play, and I just keep unpeeling layers." (more...)

BWW Reviews: Shredded Storytelling Undermines THE PILLOW BOOK at Cohesion/StrandBWW Reviews: Shredded Storytelling Undermines THE PILLOW BOOK at Cohesion/Strand
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Jun 27, 2015

The Pillow Book takes off from the current vogue of non-consecutive story-telling; everyone wants to emulate the mystification of Pulp Fiction, with its sudden reveals of not only what will happen, but of what did happen. And recently there has been an additional vogue, which I call Cubistic story-telling, in which the characters and their lives turn out multiple ways, without an authoritative single story line. The approaches can also be combined. Such works always make the viewer struggle to follow the conflicting and shuffled storylines, but seldom leave the viewer in the dust. The dust, however, is where Anna Moench's The Pillow Book will leave you. The more is the pity. Anna Moench writes beautifully, and the acting and directing in this collaboration of two interesting fringe companies is uniformly good. But the conflicting storylines shred each other. (more...)

BWW TV: Know Your Roots! Derrick Baskin, Lisa Howard, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and More Prep for 'SPELLING BEE' Reunion!BWW TV: Know Your Roots! Derrick Baskin, Lisa Howard, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and More Prep for 'SPELLING BEE' Reunion!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 27, 2015

The nine original cast members of the hit Broadway musical, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Jenni Barber, Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Fogler, Lisa Howard, Jose Llana, Jay Reiss, and Sarah Saltzberg - will reunite for a special one-night-only 10 Year Anniversary benefit concert on Monday, July 6 at 7:30pm at Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street). BroadwayWorld caught up with the company in rehearsal - see what they had to say about the nostalgia, the concert and more! (more...)

Music Circus Presents Tony-Winning Best Musical BYE BYE BIRDIE, July 7Music Circus Presents Tony-Winning Best Musical BYE BYE BIRDIE, July 7
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2015

The next show in the 65th Music Circus season is the hit musical comedy Bye Bye Birdie. Performances are Tuesday, July 7 through Sunday, July 12. The spirited cast includes Broadway performers, Music Circus audience favorites and some fresh faces making their Music Circus debuts. (more...)

MULTIMEDIA UPDATE - Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, CodeX, to Host Disruption Lightning Round in San FranciscoMULTIMEDIA UPDATE - Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, CodeX, to Host Disruption Lightning Round in San Francisco
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

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The Dysfunctional Collective to Feature Art, Theater, Music & Dance on Governors Island This SummerThe Dysfunctional Collective to Feature Art, Theater, Music & Dance on Governors Island This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

Dysfunctional Theatre Company presents The Dysfuncational Collective, featuring the works of Shana Pederson, Parts & Labor Vintage Outfitters, Mel DeLancey, Rebecca Davis, GeminiCollisionworks, Dysfunctional Theatre Company, The Pragmatists, The Dysfunctional Swingers, Story Gym & the Fifth Wall and Tribeca Lab, weekends through September 27 at Nolan Park on Governors Island. (more...)

Wilson's WELL SEASONED: SAVORING LIFE'S LESSONS Travels Through Life with Essays, Poetry, PhotographsWilson's WELL SEASONED: SAVORING LIFE'S LESSONS Travels Through Life with Essays, Poetry, Photographs
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

When Rebecca Webb Wilson's parents gave their young daughter a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye years ago, they could not have known where it would lead her. While taking photographs of hawks along the expressway in her hometown of Memphis opened the gates to her passion for wildlife photography, her first job as a PanAm flight attendant fueled her wanderlust. (more...)

Stanford Center for Legal Informatics, CodeX, to Host Disruption Lightning Round in San FranciscoStanford Center for Legal Informatics, CodeX, to Host Disruption Lightning Round in San Francisco
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

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Tony Nominee Brian J. Smith to Star in Independent Film THE PASSING SEASONTony Nominee Brian J. Smith to Star in Independent Film THE PASSING SEASON
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

Brian J. Smith (The Glass Menagerie, The Columnist, Come Back Little Sheba) has signed on to star in the independent feature The Passing Season.  Gabriel Long is making his feature debut, directing the script he co-wrote with Matthew-Lee Erlbach. Rebecca Atwood will produce. Shooting is set for this month in Rhode Island. Smith will play 'Sam,' a professional hockey player whose career comes to an abrupt end. He returns to his hometown, reconnects with a group of high school friends, and attempts to escape into an earlier, simpler time in his life.  (more...)

Vicki Fowler to Present THE THINGS I NEED This WeekendVicki Fowler to Present THE THINGS I NEED This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

Interdisciplinary artist Vicki Fowler made the move from Chicago to Houston with her 2-year-old daughter. In the process of that move, she let go of 75 percent of her possessions. Because she was quite the collector, she says, it was a lot of stuff. That's when the piece - THE THINGS I NEED - began in her mind. (more...)

Celia Keenan-Bolger Withdraws from SPELLING BEE Reunion; Jenni Barber Steps In!Celia Keenan-Bolger Withdraws from SPELLING BEE Reunion; Jenni Barber Steps In!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

The nine original cast members of the hit Broadway musical, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Fogler, Lisa Howard,  Jose Llana, Jay Reiss, and Sarah Saltzberg - will reunite for a special one-night-only 10 Year Anniversary benefit concert on Monday, July 6 at 7:30pm at Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street). BroadwayWorld has just learned that Celia Keenan-Bolger, who was originally slated to participate, will no longer take part in the event. A show rep told us: "Due to the demands of being mom to a newborn, Celia Keenan-Bolger has had to withdraw from the upcoming Spelling Bee reunion concert.  The role of Olive Ostrovsky will be played by Jenni Barber, who took over the role on Broadway." (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Academy of Performing Arts' SWEET CHARITYBWW Reviews: The Academy of Performing Arts' SWEET CHARITY
by Kristen Morale - Jun 26, 2015

When I sit down to write a review of a show I've recently seen, I am more often than not tempted to write about the profound storyline of that show, or perhaps the added depth a playwright might add to his plot to make it rather abstract and therefore open to mass interpretation by audiences. I confess that I am drawn to dramatic stories that usually whose characters usually have a lesson to learn towards their respective ends. In saying this, watching The Academy of Performing Arts' production of Sweet Charity can be described as a rarity - not only in terms of its plot, but also how Director Peter Earle presented his vision of this musical to a Cape Cod audience. It is simple and innocent (a word used fairly often to describe the title character), and to keep that simplicity of heart in a character that is perpetually bursting with energy and spirit, who is profound in her own right and becomes her own inextinguishable falling star, is as difficult to put on stage as it is riveting for audiences to behold. (more...)

Broadway Reacts to Supreme Court's Ruling on Marriage Equality; Updating Live!Broadway Reacts to Supreme Court's Ruling on Marriage Equality; Updating Live!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

Below, check out how Broadway stars reacted to the historic ruling (more...)

SIGNIFICANT OTHER: TO DOSIGNIFICANT OTHER: TO DO
by Roundabout Theatre Company - Jun 26, 2015

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Photo Flash: First Look at Rutina Wesley and More in TWELFTH NIGHT at The Old GlobePhoto Flash: First Look at Rutina Wesley and More in TWELFTH NIGHT at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

The Old Globe presents William Shakespeare's delightful and romantic Twelfth Night. Rebecca Taichman, whose production of the time-traveling Time and the Conways fascinated audiences last April, is back to direct the first show of the 2015 Summer Shakespeare Festival. The Old Globe engagement began performances on June 21 and runs through July 26, 2015, with opening night set for tomorrow, June 27 at 8:00 p.m., in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

SOLT Reveals Laurence Olivier Bursaries 2015SOLT Reveals Laurence Olivier Bursaries 2015
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

Nineteen gifted students from drama schools across the UK were today awarded almost £73,000 worth of bursaries by Society of London Theatre (SOLT) in order to help them complete their training. The Clothworkers' Foundation bursary is worth a total of £37,500 over five years with £7,500 awarded to a student annually as part of the Laurence Olivier Bursaries scheme. (more...)

38th Bay Area Playwrights Festival to Showcase 7 New Theatrical Works, 7/17-2638th Bay Area Playwrights Festival to Showcase 7 New Theatrical Works, 7/17-26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

The Playwrights Foundation's 38th Annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival (BAPF) runs July 17-26, 2015 at the Tides Theatre in San Francisco. BAPF 2015 builds on the festival's historic legacy of innovation in theater that then moves to theaters across the country. (more...)

Micah Stock, Emma Myles & More Set for White Heron Theatre's Reading of THE HARVESTMicah Stock, Emma Myles & More Set for White Heron Theatre's Reading of THE HARVEST
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

The White Heron Theatre Company today announced the cast for the reading of Samuel Hunter's new play, The Harvest, July 1 and 2 at 8 pm, at the Dreamland Theatre in Nantucket. The cast includes actors from Orange is the New Black, Ironwood, Mildred Pierce, Boardwalk Empire and the Sopranos not to mention numerous Broadway plays and projects including a Tony nomination for Its Only a Play. (more...)

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Heads to NKU's Commonwealth Theatre, 7/8-26THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Heads to NKU's Commonwealth Theatre, 7/8-26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

Can you spell L-A-U-G-H-T-E-R? The Tony® Award winning musical comedy, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE - one of Broadway's most buzzed about hits - is coming to Commonwealth Theatre Company (CTC), Northern Kentucky University's own professional theatre. CTC continues their 35th Summer Dinner Theatre season with …SPELLING BEE, running July 8-26 in NKU's Stauss Theatre. (more...)

Twitter Watch: Lea Salonga Visits Darren Criss & Rebecca Naomi Jones at HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCHTwitter Watch: Lea Salonga Visits Darren Criss & Rebecca Naomi Jones at HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
by BWW Staff - Jun 25, 2015

On Twitter Watch, Lea Salonga wrote 'Post-show. These two are incredible. #HedwigOnBway (more...)

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Celebrates Second Year on the West End Tonight!CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY Celebrates Second Year on the West End Tonight!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

The award-winning West End production of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes, will mark its second anniversary tonight with a gala performance and party for cast, crew and special guests. (more...)

Everyman & Playhouse to Present HAMMER, THE ODYSSEY & More This AutumnEveryman & Playhouse to Present HAMMER, THE ODYSSEY & More This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

Autumn 2015 will see the Everyman & Playhouse collaborating with some of the greatest theatre makers in the country. The season begins with Simon Armitage's The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead, directed by Associate Director Nick Bagnall, a co-production with English Touring Theatre. (more...)

Michael Weston to Star in FOX Supernatural Drama HOUDINI & DOYLE in 2016Michael Weston to Star in FOX Supernatural Drama HOUDINI & DOYLE in 2016
by TV News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

Michael Weston (“House,” “Six Feet Under”) and Stephen Mangan (“Episodes”) have been cast in the lead roles of HOUDINI & DOYLE, a mystery adventure drama series scheduled to debut in Spring 2016 on ITV Encore and in 2016 on FOX. (more...)

THE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST Begins 7/11 at OSF RepTHE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST Begins 7/11 at OSF Rep
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will open Quiara Alegria Hudes's The Happiest Song Plays Last, directed by Shishir Kurup, July 11 in the Thomas Theatre. Preview performances are July 7, 9 and 10. (more...)

Photo Flash: Taye Diggs Gets Glam for Return to Broadway in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCHPhoto Flash: Taye Diggs Gets Glam for Return to Broadway in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

Taye Diggs will make his return to Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch next month - and PEOPLE has debuted the first, exclusive shot of the stage and screen vet all glammed up for the highly-coveted role. Check it out below! (more...)

BWW Previews: Perez Hilton to Star in FULL HOUSE! THE MUSICAL!BWW Previews: Perez Hilton to Star in FULL HOUSE! THE MUSICAL!
by Marina Kennedy - Jun 24, 2015

Perez Hilton will be returning to New York City this September to star in 'FULL HOUSE! THE MUSICAL!' at Theater 80 in the East Village. (more...)

BWW Reviews: A Weekend in Wine Country - Transcendence Theatre, Sonoma Valley Inn, Wine Tastings and More!BWW Reviews: A Weekend in Wine Country - Transcendence Theatre, Sonoma Valley Inn, Wine Tastings and More!
by Christina Mancuso - Jun 24, 2015

Sonoma County is known as the wine lover's dream destination. More than wine, however, this Northern California region is near to miles of gorgeous Pacific coastline, over 50 parks with hiking and cycling trails, world-class restaurants, boutique shopping, and a one-of-a-kind outdoor theatre experience that makes Transcendence Theatre Company's musical revue the 'Best Night Ever.'  Whether you go for a relaxing couple's retreat, a girls weekend getaway, or a family vacation, Sonoma has something for everyone to enjoy. (more...)

Flat Rock Playhouse to Stage DRIVING MISS DAISY, 7/9-26Flat Rock Playhouse to Stage DRIVING MISS DAISY, 7/9-26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

The Flat Rock Playhouse 2015 season will continue with the Pulitzer Prize winning Driving Miss Daisy, which will run from July 9th through July 26th at the Playhouse Downtown. (more...)

ABC's ONCE UPON A TIME & THE MUPPETS Head to Comic Con PanelsABC's ONCE UPON A TIME & THE MUPPETS Head to Comic Con Panels
by TV News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

On Saturday, July 11, it's a day filled with magic as ABC's fan favorite, “Once Upon a Time,” returns to Comic-Con for its fifth consecutive year with a panel that will discuss the upcoming season (more...)

FULL HOUSE THE MUSICAL!, Starring Perez Hilton, to Debut in Toronto Before NYCFULL HOUSE THE MUSICAL!, Starring Perez Hilton, to Debut in Toronto Before NYC
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

David Galpern / Corey Ross / Starvox Entertainment today announced Torontonians can spend the summer with the Tanner Family when they see the premiere of National Lampoon's Full House The Musical! A Tanner Family Parody!. Starring larger than life celebrity personality Perez Hilton as Danny Tanner, the production is on stage at the Randolph Theatre (736 Bathurst St.) for a strictly limited engagement from Aug. 18 to Sept. 6. This news comes on the heels of this morning's report that Full House The Musical will head off-Broadway this fall! (more...)

HEDWIG's Darren Criss & Rebecca Naomi Jones to Appear at New York Pride ParadeHEDWIG's Darren Criss & Rebecca Naomi Jones to Appear at New York Pride Parade
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

The Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), the nation's oldest and largest LGBTQ youth service organization, is pleased to announce an ongoing partnership with Broadway's Hedwig and the Angry Inch for the New York City Pride Parade on Sunday, June 28, 2015. This partnership aims to celebrate LGBTQ youth and will feature actors Darren Criss and Rebecca Naomi Jones on the HMI parade float alongside HMI youth members who will walk during the parade. (more...)

New Episodes of Comedy Central's KEY & PEELE Premiere 7/8New Episodes of Comedy Central's KEY & PEELE Premiere 7/8
by TV News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

The Peabody® Award-winning and five-time Emmy® Award-nominated series featuring Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele returns with the first of eleven all-new episodes on Wednesday, July 8 (more...)

In Performance Video: WOLF HALL's Ben Miles and Nathaniel ParkerIn Performance Video: WOLF HALL's Ben Miles and Nathaniel Parker
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

This week's New York Times In Performance video features a scene from Part 1 of WOLF HALL (more...)

Bilston Operatic Company Sets HAIRSPRAY CastBilston Operatic Company Sets HAIRSPRAY Cast
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

Bilston Operatic Company returns to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from 10 - 14 November with the feel-good Broadway and West End musical HAIRSPRAY. (more...)

2015 Risk/Reward Festival of New Performance Announces Lineup2015 Risk/Reward Festival of New Performance Announces Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

The Risk/Reward Festival showcases new works by visionary performing artists from across the region. In 2015 we celebrate our 8th year blurring the boundaries of independent theater, music, dance, and performance art in new and surprising ways. Expanding to two weeks and eight Artists! (more...)

MIT Musical Theatre Guild Seeks Production Staff for 'SPELLING BEE'MIT Musical Theatre Guild Seeks Production Staff for 'SPELLING BEE'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

The MIT Musical Theatre Guild is looking for a  production staff for the Summer 2015 production of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE. (more...)

Perez Hilton to Star as 'Danny Tanner' in Off-Broadway's FULL HOUSE! THE MUSICAL!Perez Hilton to Star as 'Danny Tanner' in Off-Broadway's FULL HOUSE! THE MUSICAL!
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 23, 2015

During his appearance on The Howard Stern Show, Perez Hilton announced the news that he will be starring as Danny Tanner in the recently announced unauthorized musical parody FULL HOUSE! THE MUSICAL! (more...)

RENT and A CHORUS LINE Casts to Reunite in Starry ROAR Pride Concert TonightRENT and A CHORUS LINE Casts to Reunite in Starry ROAR Pride Concert Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

Broadway Sings for Pride roars into their 5th year and celebrate New York City LGBT Pride with 'Roar', their fifth annual benefit concert, benefiting the Tyler Clementi Foundation, tonight, June 22, 2015.  (more...)

Haven Theatre Company to Present LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC, 7/24-9/6Haven Theatre Company to Present LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC, 7/24-9/6
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

Haven Theatre Company is proud to announce the cast of Arlene Hutton's Last Train to Nibroc, directed by Jason Gerace, at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave., July 24 - September 6. (more...)

Full Cast of Broadway's BEAUTIFUL to Perform at Annual Summerstage FestivalFull Cast of Broadway's BEAUTIFUL to Perform at Annual Summerstage Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2015

Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announced today that the full cast of Beautiful-The Carole King Musical, the smash hit musical about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter, will perform in City Parks Foundation's SummerStage festival in Central Park for one-night-only, on Monday, August 3 at 8:00 PM (doors open at 7:00 PM). (more...)

BWW Reviews: Playhouse's GOSPEL AT COLONUS Finds Sophocles 'Holy Rollin'BWW Reviews: Playhouse's GOSPEL AT COLONUS Finds Sophocles 'Holy Rollin'
by Joseph Baker - Jun 21, 2015

While watching THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS, the African-American version of Sophocles' OEDIPUS AT COLONUS as created by Lee Breuer (with music by Bob Telson), I was reminded of the reimagining of the Old Testament by Marc Connelly in the 1930 Pulitzer Prize-winning THE GREEN PASTURES. Like GOSPEL, THE GREEN PASTURES serves up time-honored material by transposing it to a religious setting;. PASTURES relates the Old Testament as envisioned by a young Afro-American boy; thus, Heaven is one big fish fry. When I first saw the 1936 film version (which Connelly, a white man, scripted for Warners' director William Keighley), I found it a special experience -- a wonderful all-black cast was an anomaly for a young viewer in the late 1950's and early i60's; now, with the passage of time (and legislation), I can understand why modern audiences would find it politically incorrect (though that cast is still peopled with some amazing talent). Interestingly, Mr. Breuer eschews following Connelly's suit, and though he utilizes a Black minister and church service to tell his tale, he focuses instead on an ancient Greek tragedy rather than the Old -- or New -- Testament. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Go Behind the Scenes With FACING EAST: THE MUSICAL!STAGE TUBE: Go Behind the Scenes With FACING EAST: THE MUSICAL!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2015

West End's Lyric Theatre is presenting the premiere of FACING EAST, a new musical. Now making its UK premiere for one night only, this is one of the first opportunities to hear the soaring new score of this emerging musical following workshops in Dallas and Chicago and ahead of its first fully staged production in 2016. Check out a behind the scenes look at the show below! (more...)

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