BWW Review: MACBETH at the Stratford Festival is Frighteningly Great and Greatly Frightening
by Lauren Gienow - May 31, 2016

The Stratford Festival officially opened its 64th Season with a frighteningly great (and greatly frightening) production of the Scottish Play. Director Antoni Cimolino brings us what is likely the darkest and grittiest play to grace the Festival Theatre stage in some time. This may be the eleventh time that Macbeth has graced the Stratford Festival stage, but this daring production feels fresh and new. (more...)

BWW Review: Mad Horse Theatre's Chekhov Adaptation Marries Existential Angst and Mordent Wit
by Carla Maria Verdino-SŁllwold - May 31, 2016

South Portland's Mad Horse Theatre closed out its season with a prickly and provocative production of Aaron Posner's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull - Stupid F**king Bird - a contemporary "deconstruction" which brilliantly mines the inherent humor as well as the aching ennui of the Russian playwright. Tautly paced by director Christopher Price, the excellent cast gives an immediacy to the play, which Chekhov, himself, actually called a "comedy in four acts." (more...)

American Girl's 2016 Girl Of The Year' Stars In All-New Movie Adventure
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

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Rachel Fernandez Pens FOUNTAIN IN THE RAIN
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

Rachel Fernandez, an artist, business owner, pianist, animal lover, devoted writer and author, has completed her new book, 'Fountain in the Rain': a passionately crafted work that portrays the beauty of life and self-worth. (more...)

Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville & Jessica Brown Findlay to Star in New Drama HARLOTS for ITV & Hulu
by TV News Desk - May 27, 2016

ITV and Hulu today announced a straight-to-series order for the drama series, HARLOTS. The ongoing, eight-part series will air on ITV Encore in the UK and stream exclusively in the US on Hulu as part of the Hulu Originals slate. (more...)

Chris Hoch, Steffanie Leigh & More Join Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole in WAR PAINT at the Goodman; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

Goodman Theatre announces the full company for War Paint, a new musical starring two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole as cosmetics titans Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, respectively. As previously announced, John Dossett portrays Tommy Lewis, Miss Arden's husband and chief marketing manager, and Douglas Sills portrays Harry Fleming, Madame Rubinstein's clubby confidante and faithful ally. Completing the cast of the world premiere production are Mary Ernster, Leslie Donna Flesner,David Girolmo, Joanna Glushak, Chris Hoch, Mary Claire King, Steffanie Leigh, Erik Liberman, Barbara Marineau, Stephanie Jae Park and Angel Reda. (more...)

G. E. Moten Pens PHASE WARS
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

G. E. Moten, a passionate and avid writer, has completed his new book 'Phase Wars: The First Contact': a gripping and potent sci-fi adventure of a new threat to the already shattered Trade Coalition, as the ruthless Tamarids seek to form their empire in the Milky Way. (more...)

Oliver Chris Boards Alistair Beaton's FRACKED! at Chichester Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye reports that Oliver Chris has joined the cast of Alistair Beaton's new play FRACKED! OR: PLEASE DON'T USE THE F-WORD at Chichester Festival Theatre. Richard Wilson will helm the production, currently scheduled to run at the Minerva Theatre from 8 July - 6 August. (more...)

Photo Flash: RUTHLESS! Star Rita McKenzie Attends Pre-Tony Party with Men of HAMILTON
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

The fabulous Rita McKenzie, star of the award-winning musical smash Ruthless!, recently attended a pre-Tony bash thrown by the HAMILTON company. Here she is celebrating their whopping 16 nominations with the cast and creative team at the IAC Building. (more...)

Action Comedy VIGILANTE DIARIES Coming to Select Theaters & On iTunes 6/24
by Movies News Desk - May 23, 2016

Anchor Bay Entertainment announces the release of the highly anticipated action-comedy film Vigilante Diaries, which will be released in select theaters and on iTunes on June 24, 2016, and On Demand, Blu-ray and DVD on July 5, 2016. (more...)

Carrie-Anne Most Joins Cast of Original Netflix Series MARVEL'S IRON FIST
by TV News Desk - May 23, 2016

MARVEL'S IRON FIST coming soon to Netflix, just got some extra legal expertise with the addition of Carrie-Anne Moss to the cast! (more...)

BWW Recap: GAME OF THRONES Reveals Shocking Truths in 'The Door'
by Jessica Naftaly - May 23, 2016

This weeks episode of GAME OF THRONES entitled 'The Door,' revealed a lot of information and answers to some of the biggest questions of the series, as well answered some questions that don't necessarily need answering. In a show riddled with plot holes, some of which were highlighted this episode, their ability to carry out reveals and give us answers isn't always up to task. If your biggest concern watching GAME OF THRONES was finding out the origin of Hodor's name, then this was the episode for you! If the importance of finding out the origin of the White Walkers, the biggest threat that endangers the lives of all of our characters, is highest on the scale for you, you'll get answer, but the attention and care given to revealing said answer may disappoint you. It's all apparent just looking at the recaps and reactions. The most used phrase from an episode in which we learn where the White Walkers came from, another direwolf dies, a mythic race goes extinct, and the Starks make a battle plan, is 'Hold the door!' That says quite a lot. (more...)

VIDEO: David Schwimmer Takes Reservations in New AMC Promo for FEED THE BEAST
by TV News Desk - May 20, 2016

AMC today released a new promo for FEED THE BEAST, featuring David Schwimmer's character Tommy taking reservations for the series premiere on Sunday, June 5th at 10pm ET/PT. (more...)

AMC to Premiere Docu-Drama THE MAKING OF THE MOB: CHICAGO, 7/11
by TV News Desk - May 20, 2016

AMC announced today that the network will premiere the historical mafia docu-drama THE MAKING OF THE MOB: CHICAGO on Monday, July 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. (more...)

Broadway's Jacob Ming-Trent to Appear on New AMC Series FEED THE BEAST
by TV News Desk - May 20, 2016

BroadwayWorld has learned that stage veteran Jacob Ming-Trent, whose credits on the Great White Way include HANDS ON A HARDBODY and SHREK, will appear on AMC's new series FEED THE BEAST, starring David Schwimmer and Jim Sturgess. (more...)

Photo Flash: The RUTHLESS! Tina Denmark 'Congratulates' SHUFFLE ALONG
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

That diabolical eight-year-old Tina Denmark (as played by Tori Murray in Ruthless!) has again been seen stalking the Theatre District. This week she stopped by SHUFFLE ALONG to congratulate the producers on their 10 Tony nominations as well as their recent big Drama Critics' Circle prize. Undaunted after being told that the producers don't actually live at the theatre, the opportunistic little b*tch posed for this photo showing off her terpsichorean skills. It's no secret that Tina will do anything to land in a hit Broadway show...ANYTHING! (more...)

THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM, Primary Stages' EXIT STRATEGY & More Win 2016 Off Broadway Alliance Awards; Full List!
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals, today announced the winners of the 6th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit Off Broadway productions that opened during the 2015-2016 season. (more...)

Stage West to Present WAIT UNTIL DARK, Beginning 5/26
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Susan Hendrix is working hard to become self-reliant, having lost her sight fairly recently in a car wreck.  It's no easy task--but things are about to get a whole lot harder, as her apartment is invaded by some ruthless thieves, in Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation of the Frederick Knott thriller Wait Until Dark, beginning its 5-week run at Stage West on Thursday, May 26.  (more...)

Creative Team Announced for WAR PAINT Starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole - Michael Korie, Scott Frankel and More; 6/28
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Goodman Theatre announces Broadway stars John Dossett and Douglas Sills will join the cast of War Paint, a new musical starring two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole as Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, respectively. Dossett will portray Tommy Lewis, Miss Arden's husband and chief marketing officer, and Sills will portray the ambitious Harry Fleming, Madame Rubinstein's clubby confidante and faithful ally. (more...)

Slow Burn Theatre to Bring HEATHERS to Broward Center, 6/9-25
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

As the finale to its acclaimed inaugural season at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Slow Burn Theatre Company presents the hilarious, heartfelt and homicidal Heathers: The Musical in its South Florida premiere from Thursday, June 9 - Sunday, June 26. (more...)

Telemundo & NBC Universo Announce Robust Lineup of New Programming
by TV News Desk - May 16, 2016

In conjunction with NBCUniversal's Upfront presentation, which was held on Sunday at Radio City Music Hall, TELEMUNDO and NBC UNIVERSO announced a robust lineup of new programming for the 2016-2017 season (more...)

SILK BATH Coming to Toronto Fringe
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

Silk Bath is a ruthless, satirical, physical exploration of what it means to be accepted by society, after the citizenship paperwork is signed. Set under the lights of a live reality TV show taping, four immigrants battle it out for a place in their new home. Can we ever shed the label of the outsider? (more...)

Breaking News: Laura Linney & Cynthia Nixon Will Return to Broadway in THE LITTLE FOXES; Daniel Sullivan Set to Direct
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) have just announced that Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon will star in Manhattan Theatre Club's new Broadway production of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan. (more...)

BWW Review: TITANIC, Charing Cross Theatre, June 6 2016
by Gary Naylor - Jun 7, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a big, bold production deliver a tremendous evening's entertainment as a 2013 smash hit is revived to great acclaim. (more...)

Photo Flash: American Theater Company Presents XANADU
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

American Theater Company (ATC) opens musical comedy Xanadu, the final production of its Legacy Season, this Sunday, June 5. Presented as a tribute to ATC's late Artistic Director PJ Paparelli-a not-so-secret fan of this camp classic-Xanadu is directed by Lili-Anne Brown and runs at ATC now through July 17, 2016. The production has music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar and a book by Douglas Carter Beane, based on the 1980 Universal Pictures film of the same title. (more...)

This Weeks New Movies - 7/1/2016 - 7/1/2016
by BWW - Jun 26, 2016

Information, posters, descriptions of all the upcoming movies being released from 7/1/2016 - 7/1/2016! (more...)

FUN HOME's Alessandra Baldacchino and More Join LOVE IS LOVE Benefit at The Triad
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

Celebrate Pride with Broadway's youngest stars at LOVE IS LOVE on Tuesday, June 28th, at 7:30 pm at The Triad. (more...)

Cast, Creative Team Set for Ayad Akhtar's JUNK: THE GOLDEN AGE OF DEBT at La Jolla Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

La Jolla Playhouse announces the cast and creative team for its world-premiere production of JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt, by Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony Award nominee Ayad Akhtar (Broadway's Disgraced; Playhouse's The Who & The What), directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Outside Mullingar, Doubt). The recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, JUNK: The Golden Age of Debt runs in the Mandell Weiss Theatre July 26 - August 21. Tickets are available at LaJollaPlayhouse.org or by calling (858) 550-1010. (more...)

TWITTER WATCH: A Taste of Patti LuPone, Christine Ebersole Rehearsing Goodman's New Musical WAR PAINT
by Michael Dale - Jun 23, 2016

Set designer David Korins offers a brief clip on Twitter. (more...)

MALAA Resurfaces With a Hard Hitting Orignal 'Diamonds'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

After a brief 1 month respite, the elusive MALAA is back yet again with a certified club number in 'Diamonds'. (more...)

Photo Flash: Sylvia St. Croix of RUTHLESS! Preps for Gay Pride
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2016

Sylvia St. Croix (as played by the fabulous Paul Pecorino in Ruthless!), is preparing for this year's Gay Pride festivities on Sunday. Earlier this week she brought Marcel, her newest fancy man, over to St. Luke's Theatre to show him off to her fellow cast members. Although she won't be walking the parade route (too rough on her bunions), Sylvia & Marcel will be hanging around the West Village, most likely near any booths offering food. Sylvia is widely known for her frequent eating binges (and subsequent purging). (more...)

Merritt Patterson Joins Cast of Crackle's Original Scripted Drama THE ART OF MORE
by TV News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

Crackle, Sony's free streaming service, today announced that Merritt Patterson ('The Royals,' 'Ravenswood') will join the season two cast of the critically-acclaimed original drama series, THE ART OF MORE. (more...)

East Coast Premiere of PILLARS OF NEW YORK to Open This Fall at St. Luke's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

Write Act Repertory's Producing Artistic Director John Lant will present the East Coast premiere of PILLARS OF NEW YORK, a new musical with book, lyrics and music by Michael Antin, and directed by Jim Blanchette. (more...)

THE CANYON KID is Released
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Be it ever so hostile, there's no place like home. Such is the hard lesson learned by a singing cowboy's homecoming in Scott Cherney's new western comedy romance novel, Song of the Canyon Kid. A straight-shooting, guitar strumming buckaroo known as The Canyon Kid returns to Dirt Clod, Missouri only to find his hometown in ruins due to the machinations of a corrupt 'hanging' judge. To make matters worse, he discovers that his childhood sweetheart is about to marry his sworn enemy, a ruthless desperado who is not only the town sheriff, but also dead set on framing The Canyon Kid for murder. 'It's a total cartoon,' Cherney explains. 'I mean the main character is a singing cowboy. When is the last book you hummed? And, in full disclosure, it's also a novelization.' The author adapted his story from his comic melodramatic play entitled Song of the Lone Prairie or Poem on the Range which debuted in 1987 at the late, great Pollardville Palace Showboat Theater in Stockton, California, a production he also directed. 'Pollardville was a magical place,' Cherney recalls. 'We had a melodrama/vaudeville theater as well as our very own western ghost town on the property where we'd get paid to play cowboy on the weekends. Our duties included robbing the train, engaging in fisticuffs and shooting it out with fellow gunslingers at High Noon. This was the birthplace of The Canyon Kid.' Cherney realizes the stigma of a novelization, but he felt creatively stagnated and needed a writing exercise to get himself in gear. Digging through his old writings, he came across his script for Lone Prairie, a melodrama he considers his best and the culmination of everything he learned at Pollardville. Adapting it into novel form came fairly easy, fleshing out the characters and story while transposing the stage direction into prose. Soon, it began took on a life of its own. 'I loved revisiting my old characters and giving them back stories like Nastassia Kinky and her brother, Two Gun Boris, the fastest gun this side of the Ukraine. I also made The Kid's horse, Thunder, more of a supporting character. And the love story is something I never I thought I was capable of pulling off, but I feel like I did. Overall I had a blast with this, the most fun I've had with a project since I wrote the original back in the '80's. It certainly helped to rekindle my love for writing.' Concurrent with the release of Song of the Canyon Kid has been renewed interest in the original source material, the melodrama which has been performed across the United States for the third year in a row. This summer, The Canyon Kid and Co. will riding into two separate productions in Texas. On Memorial Day Weekend, The Brazos Theatre Group in Waco will be the final performances of Song of the Lone Prairie under that title. The same show with the revised title of Song of the Canyon Kid opens this July in Houston's Theatre Suburbia. 'The Canyon Kid has been very good to me. I hope I've returned the favor,' author/playwright Scott Cherney declares about his creation. 'By digging back into my roots, I've found that sometimes you have to take step back in order to move forward.' Song of the Canyon Kid is available in book paperback and e-book. More information can be found at: Website: http://www.scottcherney.com (more...)

Original Star Tracy Jai Edwards Returns to RUTHLESS! Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Original cast member Tracy Jai Edwards returns to Off-Broadway's musical smash Ruthless! tonight (June 20) in the dual roles of Eve Allabout and Louise Lerman. Due to overwhelming demand for tickets, the show was recently extended through September 10th. (more...)

LOVE IS LOVE Benefit Set for The Triad, 6/28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Celebrate Pride with Broadway's youngest stars at Love is Love on Tues, June 28th at 7:30 pm at The Triad. (more...)

Kathryn Luce Garfunkel to Lead 2 BY TENNESSEE WILLIAMS at St. Luke's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Executive Producers Roy Nevans and John Lant, in association with Edmund Gaynes, are pleased to present 2 By Tennessee Williams: 27 WAGONS FULL OF COTTON and KINGDOM OF EARTH, a limited engagement directed by Marilyn Fried and starring Kathryn Luce Garfunkel. (more...)

Something's Coming: A First Look at the Broadway Season Ahead!
by Nora Dominick - Jun 19, 2016

The 2016 Tony Awards are in the history books, so now it's time to look ahead at the 2016-2017 Broadway season. With new musicals and plays about to descend to Broadway and amazing revivals of classic plays and musicals ready to entrance a new audience, BroadwayWorld has rounded up everything arriving next season! (more...)

Photo Coverage: First look at Warehouse Theatre's ANGELS IN AMERICA
by Jerri Shafer - Jun 19, 2016

It's 1985. Reagan is backing a culture of ruthless self-interest. The cold war is ending. The ozone layer is melting. New Yorkers are learning how to survive a plague. It's at this tipping point that the great work begins. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole Talk World Premiere of WAR PAINT
by Stage Tube - Jun 19, 2016

Stars of the upcoming World Premiere production of WAR PAINT at the Goodman Theatre Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole discussed the process of working on the show. Check out the video here! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Rachelle Ann Go and Eva Noblezada Perform LES MIS Mash-up at West End Live
by Stage Tube - Jun 18, 2016

This weekend, the casts of more than 30 West End shows perform for free in Trafalgar Square! WEST END LIVE 2016 takes place today, 18 June (11am-6pm) and tomorrow, 19 June (12pm-6pm). Today, the cast of LES MISERABLES gave a memorable performance, starting with a beautiful mash-up of 'I Dreamed a Dream' and 'On My Own,' followed by a rousing 'One Day More.' Watch the video here! (more...)

Ocean State Theatre to Welcome IMUS IN THE MORNING's Rob Bartlett, 7/17
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

Ocean State Theatre Company (OSTC), the not-for-profit professional theatre company, which recently completed its fourth season in its comfortable stadium-style theatre in Warwick, along with the legendary comedy club, Catch A Rising Star, are proud to announce the appearance of "Imus in the Morning's" Rob Bartlett and the Ruthless Women Sketch Comedy Troupe at Ocean State Theatre on Sunday, July 17 at 7:30pm. (more...)

Get RUTHLESS! THE MUSICAL Tickets Starting at $29
by Contests - Broadway - Jun 16, 2016

What if Annie was Rosemary's Baby? What if Psycho's Norman Bates was a stage mother? What if Bad Seed was an eight-year-old understudy for the lead in a school play? You'd get Ruthless! the Musical, the show that asks: Can cute little Tina and her very own Mommy Dearest make it in show business? You bet your life. No Cats or Lion Kings here-these kitties are clawing their way to the top. (more...)

Feast of Arts Fest Shows to Play the Alexander Bar Upstairs Theatre in Cape Town
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2016

Cape Town's Alexander Bar, Cafe and Theatre will host a series of seven productions starting on 20 June, all of which are en route to the 2016 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Satire, stand-up comedy, drama, physical theatre, musical theatre, experimental theatre and cabaret all form a part of the diverse line-up. (more...)

M.A. Hill Releases WINDFORCE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2016

Author M.A. Hill tells the story of the ancient archetype of Tristan and Isolde, the lovers who must overcome natural forces, perils and obstructions in the battle against overwhelming odds. In a world of corrupt and devious manipulators, these men and women strive to vanquish the powers of evil. (more...)

RUTHLESS! The Musical Sets Original Cast Recording
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

The new recording of Ruthless! The Musical, produced by Robert Sher for Caroline Records, will feature the entire original cast: Peter Land, Kim Maresca, Tori Murray, Rita McKenzie, Andrea McCullough, and Tracy Jai Edwards. The recording is set for today (Tuesday) at Carriage House Studios, with music supervision by Marvin Laird and music direction by Ricky Romano. (more...)

Primary Stages to Present New York Premiere of Tanya Saracho's FADE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

PRIMARY STAGES announced today that the New York premiere of FADE, written by Tanya Saracho (Mala Hierba) and directed by Jerry Ruiz (Basilica), will now play on the Primary Stages Mainstage in January of 2017 at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce St, New York, NY, 10014). FADE will occupy the Mainstage slot previously held by CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC, which will be postponed to allow for further development prior to its New York premiere. CITIZEN will have a developmental workshop at Arts Emerson in Boston in March 2017. (more...)

Composer Scott Frankel Discusses the Music of Upcoming Musical WAR PAINT
by Louisa Brady - Jun 11, 2016

Broadway's Scott Frankel (Grey Gardens, Far From Heaven) recently sat down with WGN Radio's Justin Kaufmann to discuss his most recent project WAR PAINT, a world premiere musical which is set to open this July in Chicago. Click here to listen to the interview! (more...)

Site-specific OF MICE AND MEN at Serenbe's Working Farm
by Marianka Swain - Jun 1, 2016

In a story about friendship, fate and fortitude, two farmhands wander through California's Salinas Valley, leaning on each other to find their way in this powerful adaptation of John Steinbeck's quintessential novel, OF MICE AND MEN. The esteemed Jenny Lord of The Juilliard School will direct Serenbe favorites Daniel Parvis and Blake Burgess, cast as George and Lennie, the iconic duo of witty small guy and loafing giant. View lush Serenbe, transformed to a working farm of the depression-era dustbowl, with live horses wandering about the rustic barn and stark minimalism artfully at play. The bucolic barn setting lends itself to an interpretation that is all about relationships - stripped of material means and in the direst of circumstances, watch as two men overcome seemingly impossible odds to reach their destinies. (more...)

Photo Flash: RUTHLESS! Stars Launch June Issue of W42ST at Boulevard Park
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2016

The stars of Off-Broadway's award-winning musical smash Ruthless!, Kim Maresca and Tori Murray, performed songs from the show at the May 25th launch party celebrating the special June travel issue of W42ST Magazine. Here they are wowing the crowd at Hudson Boulevard Park accompanied by the great Marvin Laird.  (more...)

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