Signs of Life

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Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre (New York, NY)
5 West 63rd St.
New York, NY 10023
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Signs of Life is an exploration of life in the Jewish artists' ghetto created by the Nazis in the Czech town of Terezin during World War II. Hitler renamed it Theresienstadt and his propaganda cynically proclaimed it "A City for the Jews". He proceeded to populate Theresienstadt with the most prominent artists, composers, scientists, and scholars of Europe. A vibrant artistic community emerged and the ghetto was alive with concerts, plays, and lectures. The Nazi's, for their own international propaganda purposes, coerced their prisoners to depict Terezin as a place where they lived free lives. But hidden from the watchful eyes of their captors, the artists created secret pictures and writings which were concealed and smuggled out to alert the world to what was really happening. They felt that, because of their covert efforts, the truth could survive. Signs of Life is a true story of love, defiance and the power of art.


Rio Tinto, Water Corporation & Black Swan State Theatre Co. Take Home West Australian Creative Partnerships Regional Award
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2013

At an awards ceremony held at Government House on 4 September, the partnership between Rio Tinto, the Water Corporation and Black Swan State Theatre Company was announced as the West Australian winner of the Creative Partnerships Regional Award. (more...)

Steve Blanchard, Nancy Opel and More Set for Amas' BLEEDING LOVE Reading, 10/15-16
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2013

Amas Musical Theatre will present three free staged readings of 'Bleeding Love, a post-apocalyptic new musical comedy', book by Jason Schafer, music by Arthur Lafrentz Bacon, lyrics by Harris Doran, directed by Michael Bush. The readings will take place on Tuesday, October 15th at 3:00pm and 7:00pm, and Wednesday, October 16th at 1pm at The Theatre at the 14th Street Y, 314 East 14th Street. (more...)

Joel Derfner Releases Memoir, LAWFULLY WEDDED HUSBAND: HOW MY GAY MARRIAGE WILL SAVE THE AMERICAN FAMILY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2013

Joel Derfner didn't want to get gay married. He doesn't gay grocery shop and he doesn't have a gay driver's license. Joel's road to marriage was burdened with barriers and labels simply because the love of his life is of the same sex. Recognizing that his personal story is a reflection of the national conversation about the “new civil rights movement,” Joel, with searing wit and unrelenting honesty and humor, wrote LAWFULLY WEDDED HUSBAND: HOW MY GAY MARRIAGE WILL SAVE THE AMERICAN FAMILY (University of Wisconsin Press; September 19, 2013.) (more...)

SIGNS OF LIFE to Host Series of Post-Show Talks with Holocaust Survivors, Begin. 10/2
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2013

Signs of Life, A Tale of Terezin, will host post-show discussions with Holocaust survivors, many of whom spent time in the Theresienstadtghetto. To continue the conversation sparked by Signs of Life, survivors and their family members will share their own stories and experiences and offer unique perspectives to the show. Signs of Life will play Chicago for a limited six week engagement playing September 18 through October 27, 2013. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for September 18th, 2013
by Paul W. Thompson - Sep 18, 2013

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. Three new works of music theater (at Victory Gardens, Writers' Theatre and the Goodman), Ben Vereen and Audra McDonald visit, plus 'Master Class,' a new cabaret revue, improvised Sondheim, a one-night 'Whistle' and more! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Producer and Creator Virginia Criste Talks Inspiration for New Musical SIGNS OF LIFE
by Elee Schrock - Sep 15, 2013

Producer and creator of 'Signs of Life,' a new musical drama, talks about her inspiration for the show, audience response, and the musical's upcoming Chicago run. (more...)

Steve Blanchard, Nancy Opel and More Set for Amas' BLEEDING LOVE Reading Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2013

Amas Musical Theatre will present three free staged readings of 'Bleeding Love, a post-apocalyptic new musical comedy', book by Jason Schafer, music by Arthur Lafrentz Bacon, lyrics by Harris Doran, directed by Michael Bush. The readings will take place tonight, October 15th at 3:00pm and 7:00pm, and Wednesday, October 16th at 1pm at The Theatre at the 14th Street Y, 314 East 14th Street. (more...)

SIGNS OF LIFE Enters Final Two Weeks of Performances at Zacek McVay Theater
by BWW News Desk - Oct 11, 2013

Signs of Life enters its final two weeks at the Zacek McVay Theater at the Biograph (2433 N Lincoln Ave), playing through October 27, 2013. (more...)

LEARNING HOW TO DROWN Reading Set for Pearl Studios This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

Industry readings of the new musical Learning How to Drown will be presented in Manhattan this weekend, May 29-30 at Pearl Studios. (more...)

Redfin Report: New Residential Housing Numbers for April Show Welcome Resilience
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2014

Home sales are still down year over year (7.6%), but are up 12.4 percent since March. The overall number of homes for sale was up 5.2 percent year over year, which means buyers have more options in some markets. (more...)

LEARNING HOW TO DROWN Reading Set for Pearl Studios, 5/29-30
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2014

Industry readings of the new musical Learning How to Drown will be presented in Manhattan May 29-30 at Pearl Studios. (more...)

BWW Recaps: IDOL Sends One Finalist 'Home'
by Matt Tamanini - Mar 7, 2014

Continuing last night's theme, this week's AMERICAN IDOL elimination episode opened with the Top-12 singing “Home”, the breakout hit from this week's IDOL alum guest performer, Phillip Phillips. Each member of the gang recorded their version of the song into a phone that looked conspicuously like the Samsung model that Ellen used in the rather conspicuous Oscar's product-placement selfie! (more...)

BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge to Host Amas Musical Theatre's 45th Anniversary Gala, 3/31
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2014

Richard Ridge, lead correspondent for Broadway World, will host the 45th Anniversary Gala for Amas Musical Theatre, New York City's award-winning pioneer in diversity and multi-ethnic casting in the performing arts since 1968, on Monday, March 31st, 2014 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center (East 25th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues). Honorary Chair for the event is veteran Broadway virtuoso Maurice Hines. (more...)

BWW Recaps: IDOL's Top-12 Show Signs of Life
by Matt Tamanini - Mar 6, 2014

Well, after last week's mini-disaster of a top-13 week, there was not much that American Idol could have thrown out on stage tonight that wouldn't have been an improvement. The home-visit episode, where the final three contestants receive ticker tape parades in their respective hometowns, has been the most emotional in each of IDOL's first 12 seasons. So apparently, new producer Per Blankens decided to use some of that emotion in the early stages of this season. While both the vocals and performances were stark improvements over last week, I'm not sure that this episode is going to harken back to the Golden Days of AMERICAN IDOL's dominance. (more...)

VIDEO: AMERICAN IDOL Top 12 - Watch All the Performances!
by TV News Desk - Mar 6, 2014

The competition heated up on last night's AMERICAN IDOL on FOX when the Top 12 finalists performed LIVE. Who amazed the judges and who fell flat? (more...)

BWW's Richard Ridge Hosts Amas Musical Theatre's 45th Anniversary Gala Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2014

Richard Ridge, lead correspondent for the popular theatrical web site Broadway World, will host the 45th Anniversary Gala for Amas Musical Theatre, New York City's award-winning pioneer in diversity and multi-ethnic casting in the performing arts since 1968, on Monday, March 31st, 2014 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center (East 25th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues). Honorary Chair for the event is veteran Broadway virtuoso Maurice Hines. (more...)

Eden Espinosa, Kimberley Locke & More to Headline BROADWAY SINGS FOR PRIDE Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2013

Broadway Sings for Pride will kickoff NYC Gay Pride 2013 by celebrating with their third annual Gay Pride benefit concert. The special one-night benefit entitled ' Unite' with join forces with American Idol and Billboard recording artistic Kimberley Locke, Broadway powerhouse Eden Espinosa (star of Wicked, Rent, Brooklyn The Musical), American Idol and Rent star Anwar Robinson and over 20 members of the Broadway community. The concert will benefit the Hetrick-Martin Institute and Broadway Sings for Pride. There will also be special speakers including a message of hope from Steven Guy and James Clementi of the Tyler Clementi Foundation. The night will be hosted by award winning host from the hit show 'truTV Presents: the World's Dumbest' Scott Nevins with staging by Rachele Rommes (Minnesota Timberwolves choreographer). A live auction will happen before the show. (more...)

'Summer Camp' Star Kyle Kleiboeker, Broadway's Eden Espinosa & More Set for BROADWAY SINGS FOR PRIDE, Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2013

Broadway Sings for Pride will kickoff NYC Gay Pride 2013 by celebrating with their third annual Gay Pride benefit concert. The special one-night benefit entitled ' Unite' with join forces with American Idol and Billboard recording artistic Kimberley Locke, Broadway powerhouse Eden Espinosa (star of Wicked, Rent, Brooklyn The Musical), American Idol and Rent star Anwar Robinson and over 20 members of the Broadway community. The concert will benefit the Hetrick-Martin Institute and Broadway Sings for Pride. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek - BROADWAY SINGS FOR PRIDE's UNITE, Set for NYC Gay Pride 2013
by Stage Tube - Jun 22, 2013

Broadway Sings for Pride will kick off NYC Gay Pride 2013 by celebrating with their third annual Gay Pride benefit concert. The special one-night benefit entitled ' Unite' with join forces with American Idol and Billboard recording artistic Kimberley Locke, American Idol and Rent star Anwar Robinson and over 20 members of the Broadway community. On June 20, Broadway Sings For Pride hosted a cocktail press preview, featuring songs from the upcoming program. Click below for a sneak peek at the show! (more...)

Route 66's Concert Series Presents THE JOSHUA TREE by U2, 6/15
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2014

Route 66 Theatre Company is pleased to present the first of it's 2014 Concert Series events: Michael Mahler and The Lincoln Squares performing The Joshua Tree by U2 along with special musical theater guest performers. Tickets are currently on sale through the Route 66 Theatre Company website: www.route66theatre.org. The concert will be a one night only special event on Sunday, June 15 at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30PM. (more...)

UCSB Theater/Dance Announces Launch Pad Summer Reading Series
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2014

UCSB's LAUNCH PAD program was featured in the March 2013 issue of American Theatre magazine as an innovative model of new play development in the US. While professional theatres are not always able to take a risk on producing new work, the university offers a playwright the chance to see the play produced in a safe environment with students who are deeply engaged and hungry to learn how this process works. Since its inception in 2005, the department has developed and produced 9 plays with the playwright in residence. (more...)

Annie Golden & Jane Summerhays Set for MARRY HARRY at NYMF; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2013

MARRY HARRY is an official selection of the 2013 New York Musical Theatre and will be presented by the New York Musical Theatre Festival. MARRY HARRY has a book by Jennifer Robbins, music by Dan Martin, lyrics by Michael Biello, music direction by Christopher McGovern, choreography by Wendy Seyb, and is directed by Kent Nicholson. MARRY HARRY will play at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, beginning July 19 - July 28. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by visiting www.nymf.org or www.marryharry.com or by calling (212) 352-3101. (more...)

Tickets Now On Sale for SIGNS OF LIFE at Victory Gardens Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2013

Signs of Life, A Tale of Terezin, is thrilled to announce that individual tickets are now on sale for its Chicago premiere this fall at the Zacek McVay Theater at Victory Gardens Theater (2433 N Lincoln Ave). Signs of Lifewill play Chicago for a limited six week engagement September 18 - October 27, 2013. (more...)

Black Swan State Theatre Company to Present SHRINE, 31 August-15 Sept.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2013

Black Swan State Theatre Company will present Shrine by Tim Winton at the Heath Ledger Theatre at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia from 31 August to 15 September 2013. (more...)

Joy Elan Announces Second Book of Poetry 'Silence is Not Always Golden'
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2013

Nationwide: Talented poet Joy Elan announced today the publication of her second book of poetry 'SILENCE IS NOT ALWAYS GOLDEN: A Poetic Revolution.' Her new offering is quite a departure from its more genteel predecessor, 'Signs of Life: Past, Present, and Future,' which told stories of the normal, yet complicated daily lives of a lover, student, worker, mother, and other recognizable identities. 'SILENCE IS NOT ALWAYS GOLDEN' is poetic anthology that defies the norm, boasting a harder, more aggressive edge. Elan pulls no punches as she tells her truth in a manner in which she believes her audience needs to read and hear. (more...)

PAGEANT - THE MUSICAL Extends Through Sept 21 Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

PAGEANT - THE MUSICAL announced on its Facebook page today that it will be extending through September 21, 2014 in its Off-Broadway return engagement at The Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street). (more...)

BWW TV: Chatting with the Company of PAGEANT on Opening Night!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 15, 2014

After a sold-out benefit run for BC/EFA this February, PAGEANT - THE MUSICAL returns in a limited Off-Broadway engagement at The Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street). The show officially opened last night, July 14, 2014. The cast of tiara-crazed beauties includes Nick Cearley ('The Skivvies'),Nic Cory (Signs of Life), Alex Ringler (West Side Story), Marty Thomas (Wicked, Xanadu),Seth Tucker (Our Kiki), and Curtis Wiley (Motown), with John Bolton (A Christmas Story, 'Gossip Girl') as the host. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on hand for the opening night festivities and you can check out interviews with the full company below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: Beauty Queens Take Opening Night Bows in PAGEANT- THE MUSICAL!
by Jennifer Broski - Jul 15, 2014

After a sold-out benefit run for BC/EFA this February, PAGEANT - THE MUSICAL returns in a limited Off-Broadway engagement at The Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street). The show officially opened last night, July 14, 2014. The cast of tiara-crazed beauties includes Nick Cearley ('The Skivvies'),Nic Cory (Signs of Life), Alex Ringler (West Side Story), Marty Thomas (Wicked, Xanadu), Seth Tucker (Our Kiki), and Curtis Wiley (Motown), with John Bolton (A Christmas Story, 'Gossip Girl') as the host. BroadwayWorld brings you photos from opening night below! (more...)

PAGEANT - THE MUSICAL Opens Off-Broadway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

After a sold-out benefit run for BC/EFA this February, PAGEANT - THE MUSICAL returns in a limited Off-Broadway engagement at The Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street). Previews began Sunday, June 29, 2014, and the show will officially open tonight, July 14, 2014. The cast of tiara-crazed beauties includes Nick Cearley ('The Skivvies'),Nic Cory (Signs of Life), Alex Ringler (West Side Story), Marty Thomas (Wicked, Xanadu), Seth Tucker (Our Kiki), and Curtis Wiley (Motown), with John Bolton (A Christmas Story, 'Gossip Girl') as the host. (more...)

Barrington Stage Company Musical Theatre Lab to Present THE GOLEM OF HAVANA, 7/16-8/10
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and Tristan Wilson, Managing Director, presents the BSC Musical Theatre Lab (William Finn Artistic Producer) world premiere production of The Golem of Havana, a new musical with book and direction by Michel Hausmann, lyrics by Len Schiff and music by Salomon Lerner. (more...)

John Bolton Set to Join Cast of PAGEANT on 7/6
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2014

Producers of PAGEANT - THE MUSICAL have announced John Bolton (A Christmas Story, "Gossip Girl") will join the cast beginning Sunday, July 6, 2014, taking over for a previously announced Kevin Meaney. (more...)

THE WHIPPING MAN to Make Austin Premiere at City Theatre, 2/7-3/2
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2014

The Austin premiere of Matthew Lopez's THE WHIPPING MAN will play at the City Thetare, running February 7 - March 2. The play will be directed by Stacey Glazer. (more...)

Peter Friedman to Lead WHO'S YOUR BAGHDADDY? Readings at Pearl Studios, 1/20-21
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2014

A special invitational presentation of WHO'S YOUR BAGHDADDY? OR HOW I STARTED THE IRAQ WAR, a new musical by Marshall Pailet and A.D. Penedo, is set for January 20th at 4pm and January 21st at 7pm at Pearl Studios NYC, 500 Eighth Avenue. (more...)

Leslie Uggams to Perform at Amas Musical Theatre's 45th Anniversary Benefit Gala, 3/31
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2014

Amas Musical Theatre, New York City's award-winning pioneer in diversity and multi-ethnic casting in the performing arts since 1968, will celebrate its 45th Anniversary at a gala benefit on Monday, March 31st, 2014 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center (East 25th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues). Honorary Chair for the event is veteran Broadway virtuoso Maurice Hines. (more...)

West Coast Jewish Theatre Presents THE WHIPPING MAN LA Premiere February 8 - April 13
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2014

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THE WHIPPING MAN Now Playing at AART
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2014

On Friday, February 7, African American Repertory Theater (AART) began its three-week run of The Whipping Man, the powerful Civil War-era drama by Matthew Lopez. Established in 2007, AART has staged award-winning productions almost exclusively in the Corner Theatre in DeSoto, Texas. (more...)

THE WHIPPING MAN to Make Austin Premiere at City Theatre, 2/7-3/2
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2014

The Austin premiere of Matthew Lopez's THE WHIPPING MAN will play at the City Thetare, running February 7 - March 2. The play will be directed by Stacey Glazer. (more...)

BACKYARD ALIENS Is Next Novel in Terry Persun's Neil and Mavra Sci-Fi Adventure Series
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2014

The latest novel in Terry Persun's Neil and Mavra Sci-Fi Adventure series, BACKYARD ALIENS, pitches the married couple against a government bent on analyzing a pair of aliens, even if the aliens die during the analysis. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 2/23/2014
by BWW - Feb 23, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/23/2014 for Austin (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Austin - Week of 2/16/2014
by BWW - Feb 16, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/16/2014 for Austin (more...)

NASA Rover Results Include First Age Measurement on Mars and Help for Human Exploration
by BWW News Desk - Dec 9, 2013

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ NASA's Curiosity rover is providing vital insight about Mars' past and current environments that will aid plans for future robotic and human missions. (more...)

Black Swan State Theatre Presents SHRINE, Now thru Sept 15
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2013

BLACK SWAN State Theatre Company will present Shrine by Tim Winton at the Heath Ledger Theatre at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia from today 31 August to 15 September 2013. (more...)

Southern Rep Adds A CHRISTMAS CAROL to 2014-15 Mainstage Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2014

Southern Rep Theatre has announced details about its 2014-15 Mainstage Season, including new information on locations, dates and times, as well as unveiling a new addition to its Lagniappe Series: A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens, adapted by Doris Baizley and featuring John 'Spud' McConnell who returns as the iconic Scrooge in December 2014. (more...)

Light Opera Works to Present COLE PORTER'S GREATEST HITS, 10/3-12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2014

Light Opera Works will present COLE PORTER'S GREATEST HITS October 3 through 12 at the Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston. (more...)

Seattle Public Theater to Present Jacqueline Goldfinger's SLIP/SHOT, 9/25-10/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014

Seattle Public Theater (SPT) presents the Pacific Northwest premiere of Jacqueline Goldfinger's explosive and poignant play, Slip/Shot directed by 2014 Gregory Award nominee, Kelly Kitchens. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Cast of Off-Broadway's PAGEANT Visits GOOD DAY NEW YORK
by Stage Tube - Aug 22, 2014

The cast of Off-Broadway's PAGEANT - THE MUSICAL stopped by GOOD DAY NEW YORK yesterday for a two-part interview and performance - check out their appearance below! (more...)

Nathan Cooper, Brennan Dougherty & More to Join Lara Filip & Jason Collins in SIGNS OF LIFE at Victory Gardens Theater; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2013

Signs of Life, A Tale of Terezin, is thrilled to announce the full cast for its Chicago premiere this fall at the Zacek McVay Theater at Victory Gardens Theater (2433 N Lincoln Ave). Signs of Life will play Chicago for a limited six week engagement September 18 - October 27, 2013. (more...)

BWW Blog: Fantasy Casting AMERICAN IDOL's Top-5 in Musicals Real & Imagined
by Matt Tamanini - Apr 29, 2014

In last week's AMERICAN IDOL recap I mused that some enterprising theatre producer should snag the stage rights to the Jack Black movie SCHOOL OF ROCK and cast IDOL front-runner Caleb Johnson in the lead role. In addition, earlier in the season, I said that Caleb should cover a song by Meat Loaf, a Broadway vet three times over. So, that got me thinking, if I were going to fantasy cast the AMERICAN IDOL Top-5 in classic and "potential" musicals, what shows would work best? (more...)

Southern Rep Theatre's 28th Mainstage Season to Feature BROOMSTICK, BOUDIN & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

Fresh off of the success of its previous Season, and particularly its most recent, acclaimed production of THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA by Tennessee Williams, Southern Rep is pleased to announce its 2014-15 Mainstage Season, featuring four productions by, or about, Louisianans: BROOMSTICK by John Biguenet (regional premiere), DETROIT by Lisa D'Amour (regional premiere), BOUDIN: The New Orleans Music Project curated by Matt Callahan, Sean Daniels, Aimee Hayes (world premiere), and SUDDENLY, LAST SUMMER by Tennessee Williams, in partnership with the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. (more...)

Amas Musical Theatre to Stage Readings of COOKIN! - A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME, 5/12-13 at St. Luke's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

Amas Musical Theatre and The Amas Musical Theatre Lab will present free staged readings of "Cookin! - A Taste of Things to Come," a new musical by Debra Barsha and Hollye Levin, with musical direction by Gillian Berkowitz. Directed by Tony Award nominee Lynne Taylor-Corbett (Swing!), the readings will be held on Monday, May 12th at 1pm & 4pm and Tuesday, May 13th at 4pm at St. Luke's Theatre. (more...)

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