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...)

Open Book: TUCK EVERLASTING's Bookwriters Claudia Shear and Tim Federle; Providing Dirt For A Garden
by Michael Dale - May 16, 2016

Award-winning actor/playwright and award-winning actor/novelist team up for their first Broadway musical book. (more...)

Darksword Armory Launches New Website for Medieval Swords for Sale
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2016


Writers Theatre Parody, 'SLOCUM' at Lookingglass and More Among 'Theatre Thursdays' Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

The League of Chicago Theatres announces the Theatre Thursdays line-up for the remainder of the 2015-2016 Chicago theatre season, including world premiere productions of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody (Writers Theatre), Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure (Lookingglass Theatre), Dating and Dragons (The Factory Theater) and good friday (Oracle Productions). (more...)

Broadway 'Previvals': How Might LES MISERABLES Been Cast In 1964?
by Michael Dale - Mar 8, 2016

Theatre fans love to fantasy cast revivals, but what if the show you're casting played on Broadway earlier than it actually did. (more...)

The John W. Engeman Theater Announces Cast and Creative for MEMPHIS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2016

Inspired by true events from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, MEMPHIS follows the fame and forbidden love of a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, MEMPHIS is filled with laughter, emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll, and features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) and a Tony-winning score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. (more...)

Mark Hamill: If Fans Think Luke Skywalker is Gay, Then 'Of Course He Is'
by TV News Desk - Mar 4, 2016

Mark Hamill has once again opened up about the long-running speculation as to STAR WARS' Luke Skywalker's sexuality. In a new interview with The Sun, the actor double-downed on his stance on the character's ambiguous love life in the films. (more...)

Faction of Fools Theater Company Comedians to Create New Works in One Day
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Faction of Fools Theater Company's finest comedians come together for a single day to create a rollicking comedy. TALES OF WAR AND PIZZA is the seventh in the popular 'Fool for All' series, an annual one-night only benefit performance to raise funds for the company's unique Commedia dell'Arte productions and educational programs. While the performance revolves around the creativity and flexibility of the actor-creators, the reception before and after the show provides a space for the audience to meet the actors, discuss Commedia dell'Arte, and learn about the creative process.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Jenny Sullivan of THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE at Rubicon Theatre Company
by Cary Ginell - Mar 1, 2016

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance was originally a short story penned in 1953 by Dorothy M. Johnson (1905 - 1984), who wrote numerous articles and stories with Western themes. In 1962, Valance was adapted for motion pictures in a blockbuster film directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne, James Stewart, and Lee Marvin, in the title role of the sadistic gunslinger who is taken on by Stewart, who portrayed a tenderfoot attorney new to the dusty town of Shinbone. Jethro Compton's new stage play is based on the short story instead of the movie, getting its start in England in 2014. The Rubicon Theatre Company's new production marks the play's American debut, starring Gregory Harrison in the role of Bert Barricune, the equivalent of John Wayne's Tom Doniphon in the film. Reviews of the play have called it 'gripping drama' and 'consistently absorbing.' We spoke with Jenny Sullivan, who is directing Rubicon's production and she talked about the process of presenting a subject that has become much more famous through the film adaptation than for the original story. (more...)

Cooking Channel to Premiere New Season of MAN FIRE FOOD, 7/5
by TV News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

Whether it is cooking over an open fire, grilling over charcoal, barbecuing low and slow, or smoking in the pit, Chef Roger Mooking is sharing more of his fascination with flames on the new season of MAN FIRE FOOD, premiering Tuesday, July 5th at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT on Cooking Channel. (more...)

Lefty's the Left Hand Store Announces a Contest for the Best...
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016


by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2016

Three-time Grammy nominee Dave Eggar and five-time World Champion Martial Artist James Luk present the legendary tale of warrior princess Mulan for one-night-only at Barter Theatre on Sunday, July 24 at 7:30 PM. All tickets for this special family event are $20 for adults and $10 for youth. (more...)

The Factory Theater to Open DATING & DRAGONS This July at New Home
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

This July, The Factory Theater will open its production of Dating & Dragons at its new home on Howard in Rogers Park. Dating & Dragons comes on the heels of The Last Big Mistake, which was one of the best-selling shows in company history. (more...)

BWW Review: BREATH OF KINGS: REBELLION & REDEMPTION at the Stratford Festival
by Lauren Gienow - Jul 6, 2016

This season at the Stratford Festival's Tom Patterson Theatre, audiences have the opportunity to witness Shakespeare's Henriad in a unique and exciting new way. (more...)

BWW Blog: Michael Hartung - A Rollicking Band of Pirates We
by Guest Blogger: Michael Hartung - Jul 5, 2016

Welcome, to the inside scoop, the backstage pass, the exclusive source, the tell-all...well you know...everything and anything awesome about PIRATES OF PENZANCE at Barrington Stage Company! We arrrrre in our second week of rehearsals here in Pittsfield, MA, and as your resident Pirate/Policeman (trust me, it gets confusing for me too), it is my DUTY to keep you filled in on all of the trouble we're getting into. Did I say trouble? I mean super serious hard work. (more...)

Manhattan Shakespeare Project to Stage AL'UKHRAA: A STUDY IN OTHELLO
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2016

Manhattan Shakespeare Project - Manhattan's All-Female Shakespeare Company, presents Al'ukhraa: A Study in Othello, for its 2016 FREE Shakespeare in the ParkS and final production.  (more...)

Video: STAR WARS EPISODE VIII Officially Wraps Production
by TV News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

STAR WARS EPISODE VIII director Rian Johnson turned to Facebook to announce that production has officially wrapped on the highly-anticipated film. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on December 15, 2017. (more...)

Fisayo Akinade, Sharon D Clarke and Alex Hassell Join Caryl Churchill's PIGS AND DOGS
by Marianka Swain - Jul 1, 2016

Fisayo Akinade, Sharon D Clarke and Alex Hassell have been cast in Caryl Churchill's new 10-minute play PIGS AND DOGS. Rehearsals start on Monday 11 July 2016. Pigs and Dogs runs from Wednesday 20 July 2016 to Saturday 30 July 2016 in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. Press night is on Friday 22 July 2016, 6.30pm. (more...)

Millward Brown's New Solution Helps Turn Digital Big Data into Better Data
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2016


Lary the Cable Guy to Host U.S. Version of Hit Game Show HIDE THE SMILE
by TV News Desk - Jan 6, 2016

Thinkfactory Media today announced that it has finalized a U.S. licensing deal for the successful international game show format HIDE THE SMILE. (more...)

THE LAST BIG MISTAKE and More Set for The Factory Theater's 23rd Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2016

After an initial delay due to permit processing, The Factory Theater announces season with new dates in new Rogers Park theater. The Factory Theater is ready to begin their 23rd season of shows, which will now consist of two productions. A third will kick off the 24th season in the Fall of 2016, with the remaining Season 24 shows to be announced at a later date. All shows, as previously planned, will take place at 1623 W. Howard Street, at the new Factory Theater.   (more...)

Upcoming Equity Auditions Sunday, Jan. 31
by Audition Roundup - Jan 31, 2016

Updated this week! Check out upcoming Equity Auditions from Sunday, January 31, 2016 for both productions in your area and around the country including what/when/where and how to audition! (more...)

Hottest Articles on for 1/24/2016 - 1/31/2016
by BWW - Jan 31, 2016

Hottest Articles on from 1/24/2016 - 1/31/2016. (more...)

BWW Interview: hal evans and Tracy Hults of Intrepid Fringe Talk the Challenges and Relevance of JULIUS CAESAR
by Natalie de la Garza - Jan 29, 2016

Through February 6th, Intrepid Fringe is staging the classic Shakespearean tragedy JULIUS CAESAR - with a twist. Set in the year 4000 CE in a galaxy far away, the play, written with only two small speaking roles for women, has been partially gender swapped, with six women now commanding lead roles. Today talks to the co-owners of Intrepid Fringe hal evans (also JULIUS CAESAR's director) and Tracy Hults about the challenges and the relevance of JULIUS CAESAR and what happens when you gender swap one of Shakespeare's most manly of plays. (more...)

Springer to Publish New Book, HOLLYWOOD SCIENCE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

Magic Swords, wands, cauldrons and cloaks of invisibility do not exist in reality. In contrast, it is possible that scenarios like crashed aircrafts looming out of the mists of an alien planet, patients being snatched from the jaws of death by a risky medical breakthrough, or smug murderers who are betrayed by a few molecules left at the scene of crime are part of our current or future reality. Those along with other manifestations of science in films may even have greater potential to capture an audience's attention than pure products of our imaginations. (more...)

BWW Review: ArtsWest's REALLY REALLY - A Condescending Message Beneath a Gorgeous Exterior
by Amelia Reynolds - Jan 26, 2016

Behold: the enemy of the theatre, the millennial. They leech, they binge-drink, and despite having no idea what it is they want, they will do anything to find out. Brace yourself for a no-hope critique of millennial culture in 'Really Really' at ArtsWest. (more...)

by TV News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

Thinkfactory Media has slipped past the competition to secure the #2 nonfiction bestseller ten weeks and counting, THOMAS JEFFERSON AND THE TRIPOLI PIRATES: The Forgotten War That Changed American History, and has set sail toward transforming this incredible-yet-true story into an epic television event. (more...)

American Theater Group to Stage Neil LaBute's THE WAY WE GET BY This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2016

American Theater Group, New Jersey's newest professional theater, is proud to present Neil LaBute's new play THE WAY WE GET BY. (more...)

Brooklyn Museum Sets Public Programs for Adults, Teens & Kids for February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2016

The Brooklyn Museum will present a variety of programs for adults, teens, and kids in February. Public programs include talks, performances, and hands-on workshops for children and adults that amplify the Museum's exhibitions and permanent collection, serve its diverse public, and support learning through the visual arts. (more...)

Royal Shakespeare Company Sets Winter 2016 Season, Celebrating The Bard's 400th Anniversary
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2016

The RSC brings Shakespeare's 400th anniversary year in Stratford to a close with a powerful programme, matching two major Shakespeare titles with two irreverent Jacobean comedies and a new play from Anders Lustgarten, which plays out across 400 years between Caravaggio's Naples and the housing estates of Bootle. (more...)

VERONA WALLS to Run 3/3-26 at Workshop Theater
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

Some Shakespearean tragedies are ripe for a prequel; amidst the chaos and bloodshed, you wonder what happened to get us here, and what might be going on just out of view.  In 'Verona Walls,' playwright Laura Hirschberg, a Shakespeare devotee since childhood, imagines a background story for 'Romeo and Juliet' that is separate from the ancient grudges that frame the Bard's tragedy.  She spins a separate and most profound 'bromance' for the Montague boys in this new play, which centers on the loves and mistakes of Mercutio--Romeo's best friend and Shakespeare's notorious scene-stealer--as the action of 'Romeo and Juliet' plays out somewhere offstage.  The Workshop Theater, 312 West 36th Street, will present the play's world premiere March 3 to 26, directed by DeLisa M. White. (more...)

Shakespeare Project of Chicago's Abridged HAMLET Begins 2/7
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

A four-hour play with more than two dozen characters tackled by two actors in 50 minutes. That's the setup for Jeff Christian's adaptation of Shakespeare's great revenge tragedy, HAMLET, in which Christopher Prentice and Gail Rastorfer will play 'two mighty opposites.' (more...)

Theatre Coup d'Etat to Present FIGHT NIGHT This Spring
by Louisa Brady - Feb 27, 2016

Theatre Coup d'Etat returns to Bryant Lake Bowl with core company members and Adam Scarpello from Staged Steel Armory to bring you Fight Night, a raucous variety show based on, you guessed it... fighting. Swords, axes, knives, bricks, bats, hand-to-hand, and if they must - rubber chickens. (more...)

Sex T-Rex to Present WATCH OUT WILDKAT! and SWORDPLAY at The Storefront Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2016

Sex T­-Rex, Toronto's hottest comedic theatre company, teams up with the Storefront Theatre for a double bill of old school cinematic entertainment and adventure. Watch out WIldkat! and Swordplay, both award-winning comedies by Sex T-­Rex, run March 11th ­- 27th. (more...)

'IN THE WAKE' Exhibition to Mark 5th Anniversary of Japan's Earthquake at Japan Society
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2016

Japan Society Gallery in New York will present IN THE WAKE: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11 opening on Friday, March 11, 2016, five years to the day since an enormous earthquake and tsunami struck northeast Japan, devastating coastal regions and setting off nuclear power plant failure. (more...)

American Theater Group to Host State-Wide Drama Festival for High School Students
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2016

American Theater Group (ATG), New Jersey's newest professional theater, located at the state-of- the-arts Hamilton Stage Theater in Rahway, is proud to announce its first annual High School Drama Festival, an event that promises to be an extremely popular annual offering.  On April 28, ATG will serve as host to high schools throughout New Jersey for a day of great theater and inspiring instruction.  (more...)

Cameras Rolling, Cast Confirmed for STAR WARS: EPISODE VIII
by Movies News Desk - Feb 15, 2016

Rey took her first steps into a larger world in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and will continue her epic journey with Finn, Poe, and Luke Skywalker in the next chapter of the continuing Star Wars saga, Star Wars: Episode VIII, which began principal photography at Pinewood Studios in London on February 15, 2016. (more...)

Starz to Premiere New Season of Hit Series OUTLANDER, 4/9; Teaser Art Revealed
by TV News Desk - Feb 11, 2016

Starz, in association with Sony Pictures Television, has announced the return of its hit original series OUTLANDER on Saturday, April 9th at 9PMET/PT. (more...)

BWW Interview: Jim Vagias of ATG talks THE WAY WE GET BY at Hamilton Stage to 2/14
by Marina Kennedy - Feb 10, 2016

'The Way We Get By' written by Neil LaBute and directed by Kel Haney will be on the Hamilton Stage in Rahway through February 14th. The show is produced by American Theater Group (ATG). We interviewed Jim Vagias, Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Producing Director of ATG about the show. (more...)

BWW Review: Blending the Beauty of the East and West with NAI-NI CHEN DANCE COMPANY
by Caryn Cooper - Feb 10, 2016

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, in conjunction with its third Annual Lunar New Year Celebration, partnered once again with the prestigious Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company in an all new celebration of Chinese arts and culture. Under the direction of renowned traditional dancer of Taiwan, Nai-Ni Chen, this ethnically diverse Chinese-American company seeks to bridge the gap of cultural understanding and appreciation of American modern dance and Asian art. (more...)

BWW Review: 'Will No One Rid Me of This Troublesome Wife?' Theatre Memphis' THE LION IN WINTER
by Joseph Baker - Feb 1, 2016

Let's see now -- older married man with mistress, seething ex-wife, resentful and mistrustful offspring -- where was Dr. Phil? Alas, nowhere in sight in Chinon during the Christmas of 1183, as the powerful English king Henry II has released his imprisoned wife (and sparring partner) Eleanor of Aquitaine and allowed her admittance to a family gathering (along with his mistress Alais). Is it for personal or political reasons? Perhaps a bit of both? Henry, great in stature and accomplishments, has to decide which of his sons (none of whom will historically 'measure up') will become the future King of England. It's a Lear-like choice, and poor Henry has 'slim pickings.' With the oldest son dead, the three remaining are a snarling, disgruntled lot -- in one corner (Eleanor's), there's the pillage-prone Richard (later Richard the Lionhearted, who will spend most of his time abroad); in the other (Henry's), there's the pimply, unwashed, and feckless John (later, a famously unpopular king who will be forced to capitulate to baronial pressure and sign a little document known as the Magna Carta). Oh, yes, and then there's the ignored, Machiavellian Geoffrey, mistrusted by both parents and willing to play anyone on the human chessboard. (more...)

Theatre Coup d'Etat presents FIGHT NIGHT on 4/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2016

Theatre Coup d'Etat presents Fight Night, running at Bryant Lake Bowl every third Friday of the month at 10:00pm, beginning April 15th, 2016. (more...)

Highasakite Return With Lead Cut 'Golden Ticket', Out Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

Far from the Wonka-esque fantasies such title would suggest, Highasakite return with lead single 'Golden Ticket', embarking a much more dystopian route to escapism. (more...)

BWW Reviews: KING LEAR, Royal and Derngate, April 5
by Verity Wilde - Apr 6, 2016

Michael Pennington takes on KING LEAR at Northampton's Royal and Derngate, ahead of a UK tour. Verity Wilde was there for (more...)

Star-Studded Comedy HAIL CAESAR! Coming to Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD & On Demand
by Movies News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

When the world's biggest movie star suddenly goes missing, it's up to a studio fixer to rescue him in Hail Caesar!, a star-studded comedy featuring George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Jonah Hill, Josh Brolin, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Alden Ehrenreich, and Frances McDormand set in Hollywood's Golden Age. (more...)

BWW Review: CROSSING SWORDS by ATG at Hamilton Stage is Enthralling
by Marina Kennedy - Apr 26, 2016

American Theater Group (ATG) is currently presenting 'Crossing Swords' at Hamilton Stage in Rahway through Sunday, May 1st. Directed by Igor Golden and written by Joe Slabe, this new musical is absolutely enthralling with a captivating story and an excellent score. (more...)

First Annual Drama Festival for Union County High School Students to be Held Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

?The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders sponsors students from Union County high schools to participate in the first annual Drama Festival next week in Rahway. (more...)

BWW Interview: Joe Slabe and ATG's New Musical CROSSING SWORDS at UCPAC 4/20 TO 5/1
by Marina Kennedy - Apr 19, 2016 interviewed Joe Slabe about his career and his new musical 'Crossing Swords' The show is being produced by American Theater Group and will be on the Hamilton Stage of UCPAC in Rahway from April 20th to May 1st. (more...)

Ally Financial Launches New Splurge Alert App in Beta, Inviting Consumers to Come Clean on Overspending Habits with Help of Friends
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016


New Musical CROSSING SWORDS to Open at UCPAC's Hamilton Stage This Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

?The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to support American Theater Group (ATG), one of New Jersey's newest nonprofit theatre companies, in the American premiere of Joe Slabe's new musical Crossing Swords at UCPAC's Hamilton Stage in Rahway April 21 to May 1. (more...)

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