BWW Interview: THE BOY FROM OZ 's Director & Lead Talk Peter Allen... and Celebration Theatre Deets
by Gil Kaan - May 9, 2016

The Celebration Theatre's production of THE BOY FROM OZ has just opened to glowing reviews; raves and compliments Celebration's co-artistic director Michael A. Shepperd has gotten used to. (Look at their looong list of award-winning productions!) We had a chance to chat with both the prolifically talented (directing and acting) Shepperd and the charismatic, triple-threat Andrew Bongiorno who plays the titular BOY Peter Allen. (more...)

Old Mill Theatre to Present CLOSER
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

SEX, dishonesty and betrayal come to the fore as Strangers become lovers - and lovers become Strangers - in a play at the Old Mill Theatre this June. (more...)

Tommy Murphy's STRANGERS IN BETWEEN to Make UK Premiere at The King's Head
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

After a critically acclaimed production of Louis Nowra's Cosi at The King's Head Theatre earlier this year, Adam Spreadbury-Maher directs the UK premiere of Tommy Murphy's Strangers IN BETWEEN continuing the venue's exploration of contemporary Australian playwrights. (more...)

Krysta Rodriguez, Hunter Foster and Jen Cody Headed to Cape Playhouse This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Exciting news from the Cape! Broadway veterans Krysta Rodriguez, stage couple Hunter Foster and Jen Cody, Nick Spangler and Kaitlyn Davidson are all headed to Cape Playhouse for its 2016 summer season. The news was announced earlier this week by guest artistic director Erik Orton. (more...)

Keala Settle & More to Join Daniel Reichard in FRIENDS, ACQUAINTANCES, AND STRANGERS at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series has announced that on Sunday, May 8 at 6 PM, Daniel Reichard will return to the historic room with a spirited variety show entitled 'Friends, Acquaintances, and Strangers.' This concert, which takes place on Mother's Day, will feature Reichard and an eclectic gathering of some of New York City's most talented performing artists. (more...)

VIDEO: Check Out Mid-Season Trailer for MTV's REAL WORLD: GO BIG OR GO HOME
by - May 6, 2016

Below, check out the mid-season trailer for MTV's THE REAL WORLD: GO BIG OR GO HOME. The series airs Thursdays at 10:00 PM ET/PT on MTV. (more...)

Jennifer Niven Reveals Sneak Peeks, Thanks Fans on Upcoming Book, HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

Best-selling author, Jennifer Niven, is set to release her her book, HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE, in October 2016. In a letter, she shares how much it means to her to have support from her fans.  Read it below: (more...)

Print Room at the Coronet to Stage UK Premiere of HAIM - IN THE LIGHT OF A VIOLIN
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

With Deathwatch currently running in the theatre and Beckett in London due to open on the 17 May, The Print Room at the Coronet today announces the UK premiere of Haim - In The Light Of A Violin, written and directed by Gerald Garutti, in a new translation by Christopher Hampton. This production marks the return of French writer and director Garutti to the Print Room, after his 2014 production of Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground, starring Harry Lloyd. (more...)

Matthew Broderick, Shirley MacLaine to Co-Star in Dramedy TV Series BETTYVILLE
by TV News Desk - May 5, 2016

Academy Award winner Shirley MacLaine and Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick will headline a new dramedy TV series for Paramount Television titled BETTYVILLE. (more...)

Lesser America to Premiere HALF MOON BAY at Cherry Lane Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

Lesser America (The Bachelors, Carnival Kids, Trevor) will present HALF MOON BAY by Dan Moyer. It is directed by Jess Chayes (AD of Peter and The Starcatcher) starring Keilly McQuail (You Got Older, Her Requiem) and Gabriel King (These Seven Sicknesses). Previews begin May 12 at Cherry Lane Theatre, where Lesser America is the inaugural Company in Residence. Opening set for Thursday, May 19. (more...)

George Cukor Classics Starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn Lead REEL 13 May Lineup
by TV News Desk - May 5, 2016

Director George Cukor's romantic comedies The Philadelphia Story and Holiday, both based on hit Broadway plays by Philip Barry,open the May lineup on Reel 13 (more...)

TILT to Play Second Stage at Sacred Fools Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

?In this World Premiere HFF 16 Premiere of "TILT", two Strangers' carpool from Los Angeles to Sacramento unravels after they decide to try to extort money from a Department of Motor Vehicles bribery scheme headquartered in Bakersfield.  The show will have its Press Preview June 6th at 8:00PM at Sacred Fools - Second Stage Theatre.  Tickets available at:  http://hff16.org/3396 (more...)

London Classic Theatre Brings Pinter's THE BIRTHDAY PARTY to Belgrade Theatre
by Marianka Swain - May 31, 2016

Following successful tours of Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends and Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot in 2015, London Classic Theatre return to the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, with their new production of Harold Pinter's THE BIRTHDAY PARTY from Tues 14 to Sat 18 June. It's directed by Michael Cabot, with design by Bek Palmer and lighting by Andy Grange. (more...)

STEPPENWOLF Set for The New School Auditorium, 5/11-12
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

The Steppenwolf saga gets a new treatment in the world premiere of Steppenwolf - a musical retelling. Written and composed by 21-year-old Dutch protege Jochem le Cointre (class of 2016), The first ever staged adaptation of Hermann Hesse's classic novel, originally published in Germany in 1928, the show features a 15-piece chamber orchestra; an ensemble of students from The New School's College of Performing Arts; a cast of New York City actors and singers, including several from The New School's Mannes School of Music, School of Drama, and Lang Theater; and dancers from the renowned Martha Graham Dance Company. Choreography is by Tadej Brdnik, the former principal dancer of the Martha Graham Dance Company. Two performances will be staged on May 11 & May 12, 2016 at 7pm at The Auditorium at The New School, 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011.  Tickets are free (first come, first seated) and can be reserved by visiting EventBrite. (more...)

HAMILTON Cast Members to Guest on New Season of Bravo's ODD MOM OUT
by TV News Desk - May 3, 2016

This season features an episode guest starring several cast members from the Broadway phenomenon HAMILTON including Jasmine Cephas Jones, Javier Muñoz, Sydney James Harcourt, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Daniel J. Watts, and Austin Smith. (more...)

EVITA, ANYTHING GOES & More Set for Broadway Palm's 24th Season
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Broadway Palm is proud to announce its 24th Season which includes eight main stage productions, five productions in The Off Broadway Palm, four Children's Theatre productions, and five concerts. Individual tickets go on sale June 1, 2016.  (more...)

North Coast Repertory Theatre to Present HEDDA GABLER This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Arguably one of the most complex and intriguing female characters ever written, HEDDA GABLER weaves a mesmerizing tale of a woman trapped in a loveless marriage who is driven by a need for power and freedom. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Daphne Rubin-Vega, Matthew Saldivar, Samira Wiley and More in DAPHNE'S DIVE at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Signature Theatre presents the world premiere of DAPHNE'S DIVE, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegria Hudes (Water by the Spoonful, In the Heights) and directed by Thomas Kail (Hamilton, Fox's 'Grease: Live'). The production is currently in previews for an extended run through June 12, with a May 15 opening night in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

BWW Blog: Erin Kong - The Chance of a Lifetime: Singing with Kristin Chenoweth
by Guest Blogger: Erin Kong - May 27, 2016

Imagine: your childhood hero, the woman who coined one of your 8-year-old self's favorite songs, holding your hand in front of hundreds of people, the renowned Phoenix Symphony gushing in gorgeous melodies behind you. You are surrounded by your friends and classmates, and bowing in front of an ocean of applauding Strangers. No, this is not a dream. This was very much reality. Last weekend I had the opportunity of performing backup vocals with fifteen of my classmates at Arizona State University, for Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth.  (more...)

Everett Quinton to Direct Industry Reading of Craig Donnelly's ADAM & BRIAN
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

Drama Desk and Obie Award winner Everett Quinton will direct a reading of a new play, Adam & Brian, on June 1st at St. John's on Christopher St at 7:30pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Charlayne Woodard, Chris Myers & More in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' WAR at LCT3
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

Austin Durant, Reggie Gowland, Chris Myers,Rachel Nicks, Michele Shay, Lance Coadie Williams, and Charlayne Woodard star in the LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater production of WAR by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz. WAR is now in previews, and officially opens on Monday, June 6, running for six weeks only through Sunday, July 3 at the Claire Tow Theater. Check out a first look below! (more...)

METHOD 15/33 by Shannon Kirk is Released
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

2015 National Indie Excellence Award Winner for Best Suspense Novel 2015 School Library Journal Best Adult Books for Teens (1 of only 17 Novels Selected) 2016 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Gold Winner Mystery/Suspense (more...)

Lorraine Sherman Mason Pens WHO WILL SPEAK FOR ME?
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

While young children, girls in particular, are often warned of the dangers of Strangers, sometimes it is family members or trusted individuals who harm them. When entangled in a web of abuse, having an advocate and a path forward are extremely important. (more...)

Erin Andrews & J.J. Watt to Host 2016 CMT MUSIC AWARDS, 6/8
by TV News Desk - May 25, 2016

CMT today announced that sportscaster/TV personality Erin Andrews and football superstar J.J. Watt and will host the 2016 CMT MUSIC AWARDS, live on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 8:00 pm ET/PT from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. (more...)

Kumu Kahua Theatre to Present WHEN STRANGERS MEET
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

After a successful January run at the Honolulu Museum of Arts' Doris Duke Theatre, Jeannette Paulson Hereniko is bringing her one-woman show, WHEN Strangers MEET to the Kumu Kahua Theatre's Dark Night Series at 7:00 PM on Sunday, June 5; Monday, June 6, and Tuesday, June 7th, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: Back to School with TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING and STONE SOUP at Playhouse Jr.
by Greg Kerestan - May 25, 2016

The acclaimed university's children's theatre double feature explores the wide variety of possibilities for family entertainment. (more...)

BWW Review: WHEN JANUARY FEELS LIKE SUMMER at Mosaic Theater Company
by Pamela Roberts - May 25, 2016

Mosaic Theater Company of DC completes its whirlwind inaugural year with WHEN JANUARY FEELS LIKE SUMMER, a play that is relevant, engaging and sweetly funny. (more...)

Check Out Quotables from THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON - Week of 5/16
by TV News Desk - May 23, 2016

Below, check out quotables from NBC's 'THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON' for the week of May 16-2o. (more...)

59E59 Theaters Sets 2016 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

59E59 Theaters has announced the lineup of shows for the 2016 Summer Season. Ticket prices range from $12 - $70 ($10 - $49 for 59E59 Members). Tickets for the summer season go on sale to 59E59 Members on June 2 at Noon, and to the general public on June 6 at Noon. Shows in the previously announced 5A Season are on sale now. Tickets are available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or by visiting www.59e59.org. (more...)

BEYOND CARING Coming to Birmingham Repertory Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

Following an acclaimed run at the National Theatre, Beyond Caring comes to Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 8 - 11 June. Devised and directed by REP Associate Director, Alexander Zeldin this striking play will be performed with the audience seated on the stage in main auditorium at The REP giving a unique opportunity to see the theatre's largest space from a different and much more intimate angle. (more...)

Cody, Foster, Spangler and More Join The Cape Playhouse's 90th Season!
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

Broadway will come to The Cape Playhouse this summer as Hunter Foster, Jen Cody, Nick Spangler, and Kaitlyn Davidson come to the theatre in a season of Playhouse premieres and Broadway favorites. Erik Orton, Guest Artistic Director, today announced the casting for the historic theater's 90th Season in Dennis, MA. Six shows - a mix of comedies, dramas, and musicals - will play from June 7 - August 30, 2016. (more...)

Open Book: ALADDIN's Chad Beguelin Finds A Whole New Way To Deliver An Old Favorite
by Michael Dale - May 23, 2016

The bookwriter of ELF, ALADDIN and THE WEDDING SINGER says you can't just write a carbon copy of the source. (more...)

Tommy Murphy Named Sydney Theatre Company's New Patrick White Fellow
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

Tommy Murphy has been announced as Sydney Theatre Company's new Patrick White Fellow at a special event at The Wharf on Friday 20 May. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Mosaic Theater's WHEN JANUARY FEELS LIKE SUMMER
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

Mosaic Theater Company of DC's Inaugural Season arrives at a climactic finale with the lively and comedic Off-Broadway hit, WHEN JANUARY FEELS LIKE SUMMER, written by Cori Thomas and directed by Mosaic Theater Managing Director & Producer Serge Seiden (Bad Jews, Apple Family Plays). WHEN JANUARY FEELS LIKE SUMMER will open this Sunday, May 22 at 7:30 PM. Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action! (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 5/20; BLOOD IN THE SNOW in Boston, Reimagined CATS in Columbus, I SEE YOU in S. Africa and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - May 20, 2016

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Boston, Columbus, South Africa and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include the World Premiere of BLOOD ON THE SNOW in Boston, a reimagined CATS in Columbus, and I SEE YOU in South Africa, just to name a few. (more...)

THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME Coming to King's Theatre, Glasgow
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

The National Theatre has confirmed dates and venues for the 2017 tour of its multi-award-winning production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, adapted from Mark Haddon's best-selling book by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott.   (more...)

BWW Interview: JUDY COLLINS for RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE and THE KATE
by Sherry Shameer Cohen - May 18, 2016

In Europe any day now and in Connecticut in June. (more...)

SHINING CITY, Starring Matthew Broderick, Starts Tonight at Irish Rep
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

A friendly reminder! Previews begin tonight for Irish Repertory Theatre's production of Conor McPherson's acclaimed play SHINING CITY, starring two-time Tony Award-winner Matthew Broderick. Directed by Ciaran O'Reilly, SHINING CITY also features Billy Carter (The Weir, Port Authority), Lisa Dwan (the acclaimed Beckett Trilogy), and James Russell (Port Authority, Juno and the Paycock). (more...)

Discovery Channel Acquires U.S. TV Rights to Morgan Spurlock's RATS Documentary
by TV News Desk - May 16, 2016

Submarine announced today that it has begun production on Academy nominated director Morgan Spurlock's feature documentary RATS based on Robert Sullivan's NY Times Best Selling Book. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Celebrates Opening Night of DAPHNE'S DIVE
by Jennifer Broski - May 16, 2016

Signature Theatre presents the world premiere of DAPHNE'S DIVE, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegria Hudes (Water by the Spoonful, In the Heights) and directed by Thomas Kail (Hamilton, Fox's 'Grease: Live'). The production just opened in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the big night  below! (more...)

BWW Review: Epic Theatre's Perfectly Twisted TOTAL STRANGERS
by Andria Tieman - May 16, 2016

Based on the classic novel Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith, Epic Theatre's page to stage season re-write imagines a deftly wrought twist both in the gender of the protagonist and antagonist as well as almost everything else that happens. Two women meet on a train, that much is familiar, but the rest of the story is one unexpected twist after another that leaves the audience almost exhausted at the end, but still completely satisfied. Anyone who has seen a show at Epic knows that sets are minimal and dialogue and performance rule. This works incredibly well thanks to the talents of Hannah Lum as Georgia and Kelly McCabe as Beth. What is essentially two women having a conversation becomes a fascinating back and forth that ratchets up the tension with every word. Epic always proves that you don't need elaborate sets to tell a compelling story, and this show is a fantastic example of the power perfectly chosen words delivered by skilled actors. (more...)

Sundog Theatre to Stage Existential Tragicomedy WAITING FOR GODOT
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

Sundog Theatre is pleased to announce this summer's acclaimed Samuel Beckett tragicomedy, WAITING FOR GODOT. (more...)

North Coast Rep to Present World Premiere Translation of HEDDA GABLER
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Arguably one of the most complex and intriguing female characters ever written, HEDDA GABLER weaves a mesmerizing tale of a woman trapped in a loveless marriage who is driven by a need for power and freedom. Working from a freshly translated script by Anne-Charlotte Harvey that removes stilted language while staying true to Ibsen's voice, the actors have put their personal touches on their characters to create a piece that speaks to contemporary audiences. Lovers of classic theatre will not want to miss this gripping world premiere translation. (more...)

Mile Square Theatre to Inaugurate New Space with CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Hoboken's Mile Square Theatre (Chris O'Connor, Founder & Artistic Director; Mark Cirnigliaro, Associate Artistic Director) will christen their new space with the Obie Award Winning play Circle Mirror Transformation written by Annie Baker and directed by Chris O'Connor. The play will begin performances on June 15 and celebrate its Gala Opening Night on June 16 and will run through July 2, 2016.  Tickets are $30 ($18/students and seniors) and can be purchased by visiting milesquaretheatre.org (more...)

Tris Looks to Revolutionize Chat and Communication
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

Developed by Tris Holdings, Tris Search and Chat Platform's goal is to be used to foster real communication in real life instead of virtual, and bridge online chat to real life chat. (more...)

Theater J to Close Season with Ziegler's ANOTHER WAY HOME, 6/23-7/17
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

Theater J will bring playwright Anna Ziegler back to DC with the insightful, wry drama, Another Way Home, which plays June 23 through July 17, 2016. Another Way Home, directed by Shirley Serotsky, follows the Nadelman parents (Rick Foucheux and Naomi Jacobson) at summer camp visiting day which quickly turns into a family emergency. Their son Joey (Chris Stinson), is nowhere to be found and they are left wondering - where has he gone, why is their marriage lacking, and what might have happened if they had taken a different path. Join us as we transform Theater J into Camp Kickapoo and discover a little bit more about the Strangers we all live with - our family. (more...)

Moving Image Continues INDIA'S NEW WAVE Showcase with HIGHWAY
by TV News Desk - May 11, 2016

This spring and summer, Museum of the Moving Image continues India's New Wave, a monthly showcase for contemporary Indian films, with new and unreleased films from India that go beyond the Bollywood spectacle. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - Nicole Byer Stars in MTV's New Comedy Series LADYLIKE, Premiering 6/9
by TV News Desk - May 11, 2016

MTV today announced the premiere of the brand new 30-minute hidden camera prank show LADYLIKE, premiering on Thursday, June 9 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: What Do the Critics Think of Social Media? Matt Windman Finds Out in Excerpt from THE CRITICS SAY...
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

In The Critics Say...: 57 Theater Reviewers in New York and Beyond Discuss Their Craft and Its Future, Matt Windman, theater critic of the newspaper amNewYork, interviews dozens of other theater critics about their backgrounds, how they go about evaluating different kinds of shows, and the enormous challenges that threaten the future of professional theater criticism. (more...)

Photo Flash: Daniel Reichard Celebrates FRIENDS, ACQUAINTANCES, AND STRANGERS at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

On Sunday, May 8, the Broadway at Birdland concert series was, once again, proud to present Daniel Reichard in a brand new spirited variety show entitled 'Friends, Acquaintances, and Strangers.' Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

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