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BAUDELAIRE IN A BOX Grand Finale Coming this Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

Theater Oobleck's "Baudelaire in a Box" project, a seven-year adaptation of Charles Baudelaire's scandalous 19th-century classic "Les Fleurs du mal (The Flowers of Evil)" as an epic illustrated song cycle, culminates this summer with "Closed Casket: The Complete, Final and Absolutely Last Baudelaire in a Box." The 15-hour festival presentation of the complete cycle is timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Baudelaire's death. "Closed Casket" will be presented Aug. 4 to 6 at Links Hall at Constellation, 3111 N. Western Avenue in Chicago. (more...)

Billy Lykken Returns to Metropolitan Room for Special Gay Pride Performance
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Billy Lykken, who Cabaret Scenes called a "thrilling discovery," will return to the Metropolitan Room on for a special Gay Pride weekend performance on Saturday, June 24 at 4:00PM in his critically-acclaimed show Lykken "The Sacred Monster" Live! (more...)

Photo Flash: Get A First Look At Donny Osmond Voiced THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES at Pioneer Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

BroadwayWorld has a first look at the Donny Osmond voiced production of THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES! Pioneer Theatre Company previously announced Donny Osmond's involvement in the upcoming production of the musical The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Review, running May 5 - 20, 2017. (more...)

Simon Godwin's MEASURE FOR MEASURE Finds Full Company at TFANA
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

Theatre for a New Audience has announced casting for British director Simon Godwin's new staging of Measure for Measure, William Shakespeare's dark comedy about justice, faith, power, sex, and family. (more...)

OSLO's Jefferson Mays Admits to Still Getting Stage Fright
by Stephanie Wild - Mar 9, 2017

Rhapsody Magazine for United Airlines recently talked to Jefferson Mays as he prepares to begin previews for his new play, Oslo. (more...)

Full Cast and Creative Team Announced for the World Premiere of THE BRAILLE LEGACY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 8, 2017

Final casting has been announced today for the world premiere of a major new musical, "The Braille Legacy", the thrilling, true, inspirational and epic story of Louis Braille, a young blind boy who wanted the same chance in life as those who see and ended up improving the lives of millions of blind people around the world. (more...)

Loose Tongue presents SEA FRET
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

Lucy Carless of Channel 4's critically acclaimed drama series Humans makes her theatre debut as Ruby in Sea Fret opening at the Old Red Lion on the 28th March. Best known for her portrayal of teenaged Mattie in both series of the hit television programme, Lucy trained at the Nottingham Television Workshop. On being a part of the production. (more...)

The Watermill Theatre Announces Cast of TWELFTH NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

Artistic and Executive Director, Paul Hart today announces the company for his new production of Twelfth Night continuing The Watermill Theatre's bold, ensemble driven approach to Shakespeare. Twelfth Night runs from 6 April to 6 May and in repertoire with Hart's 2016 production of Romeo + Juliet from 18 to 22 July. Both productions will tour nationally from Tuesday 16 May to Thursday 3 August (more...)

Photo Flash: Loose Tongue Presents SEA FRET at Old Red Lion Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2017

Lucy Carless of Channel 4's critically acclaimed drama series Humans makes her theatre debut as Ruby in Sea Fret opening at the Old Red Lion on the 28th March. Best known for her portrayal of teenaged Mattie in both series of the hit television programme, Lucy trained at the Nottingham Television Workshop. (more...)

Magic, Science, Pirates and More Set for Cape Playhouse's Summer 2017 Kids Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2017

The Cape Playhouse has big plans for little theatre goers this summer, as FunDay FriDays! Playhouse for Kids takes the stage.  From pirate tales to dogs performing hilarious tricks, puppets, magicians and jugglers, the schedule has something for all kids. (more...)

Cher, Anjelica Huston & More Set for New Original Movies on Lifetime
by TV News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Lifetime's mission to lead entertainment through female-centric storytelling continues with the greenlight of three new high-profile movies: Flint, starring Cher; Watcher in the Woods, starring Anjelica Huston; and I Am Elizabeth Smart featuring Elizabeth Smart as executive producer and on-screen narrator. (more...)

Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS to Play Theater J This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

Starting in the 1950's everyone knew that Neil Simon could write hilarious jokes and craft entertaining comedies. But in 1983, when Brighton Beach Memoirs premiered on Broadway, it became abundantly clear that Simon's heart is as robust as his funny bone. The first of his "Eugene trilogy" of semi-autobiographical plays, Brighton Beach Memoirs runs at Theater J from April 5-May 7, 2017. (more...)

TheatreWorks Immigrant Saga RAGS Comes to Mountain View
by BWW News Desk - Mar 2, 2017

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2016/2017 season with a musical saga of immigrant America, Rags. From the creators of Fiddler on the Roof and Wicked, this exhilarating musical follows the journey of Jewish immigrants Rebecca and her son David, who find themselves navigating the teeming, turn-of-the-century tenements of New York. (more...)

SON OF A PREACHER MAN comes to Edinburgh's Festival Theatre
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Mar 17, 2017

Son of a Preacher Man, a heart-warming new musical featuring the soulful music of Dusty Springfield, with a book by Warner Brown and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, embarks on a national tour starting at Bromley's Churchill Theatre from Monday 4 September 2017, with dates at King's Theatre Edinburgh, 17-21 October. (more...)

New Musical SON OF A PREACHER MAN to Tour the UK
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

Son of a Preacher Man, a heart-warming new musical featuring the soulful music of Dusty Springfield, with a book by Warner Brown and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, embarks on a national tour starting at Bromley's Churchill Theatre from Monday 4 September 2017. (more...)

Cast Complete, Rehearsals Underway for Broadway's SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2017

Rehearsals began this week for the revival of John Guare's critically acclaimed play Six Degrees of Separation starring seven-time Emmy Award winner Allison Janney ('Mom,' The Girl on the Train) as Ouisa, Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey (The Normal Heart, 'Manhattan') as Flan and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton, '24: Legacy') as Paul. Directed by Trip Cullman (Significant Other, Yen), Six Degrees of Separation will begin previews Wednesday, April 5 prior to the official opening on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at the Barrymore Theatre. The production will play a 15-week run through Sunday, July 16. (more...)

LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE To Open 29th Season for ACT 1
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jun 9, 2017

Nashville's Artist's Cooperative Theatre 1 (ACT 1) will kick off its 29th season this fall with a production of Delia Ephron and Nora Ephron's Love, Loss and What I Wore, playing the iconic Darkhorse Theater October 6-21. The five plays and their directors, which make up the new season, were revealed to the opening night audience of ACT 1's 2016-17 season closing production of Reefer Madness the Musical, which runs through June 24. (more...)

TFANA Presents Simon Godwin's New Staging of MEASURE FOR MEASURE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2017

Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA; Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director) is pleased to announce casting for British director Simon Godwin's new staging of Measure for Measure, William Shakespeare's dark comedy about justice, faith, power, sex, and family. The production, which marks Godwin's first time directing Shakespeare for an American company, runs June 17 - July 16 at Polonsky Shakespeare Center (262 Ashland Place) in the Brooklyn Cultural District. (more...)

Diana Vickers to create the role of Kat in SON OF A PREACHER MAN
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jun 5, 2017

Son of a Preacher Man today announces that X-factor finalist Diana Vickers will create the role of Kat for the 2017 tour of this heart-warming new musical. (more...)

Diana Vickers to Star in SON OF A PREACHER MAN at Manchester Palace
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2017

Son of a Preacher Man today announces that X-factor finalist Diana Vickers will create the role of Kat for the 2017 tour of this heart-warming new musical. (more...)

BWW Interview: Delia Cabe, author of STORIED BARS OF NEW YORK
by Neil Shurley - Jun 5, 2017

For as long as there have been bars in New York City, writers have congregated in their local watering holes to fight writer's block, find inspiration, and mostly, to drink. In this visual and historical celebration of New York's spirited literary past, Delia Cabe offers a fascinating field guide to all the best writerly taverns and bookish watering holes in New York City. (more...)

Nick Adams to Lead ON THE TOWN at The Gateway in Bellport Village
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2017

On the Town, The 2014 Tony Award nominee for Best New Musical Revival opens at The Gateway in Bellport Village on Wednesday, June 28 and runs through July 15. (more...)

Hightide Theatre Returns to Aldeburgh and Launches New Walthamstow Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2017

Steven Atkinson, Artistic Director of HighTide Theatre has today announced the company's plans for 2017. The Suffolk festival, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016, is set to continue its winning formula of finding, nurturing and showcasing the country's best new playwrights at its home in Aldeburgh this September. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: A Visit to New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' CURTAIN UP Exhibit
by Leah Lane - Jun 16, 2017

"Curtain Up: Celebrating Forty Years of Theatre in New York and London" opened at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center October 31st. The idea for the exhibit was conceived when the Society of London Theatre wanted to create a display in conjunction with London's Victoria and Albert Museum to honor forty years of the Olivier Awards. Doug Reside, who is the curator for the Theatre Division at the library, explained that eventually "those conversations [between SOLT and V&A] started to morph about including us and including the Tony's." From there Reside worked with Anna Landreth Strong, V&A Curator of Modern and Contemporary Theatre and Performance, to create an exhibit that worked on both sides of the Atlantic. To qualify for the exhibit a show must have been nominated for both a Tony Award and an Olivier Award, won one of those nominations, and had a production within the last 40 years.  (more...)

Debra Stephenson Joins Diana Vickers in SON OF A PREACHER MAN at the New Alexandra Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

Son of a Preacher Man today announced that Bad Girls and Coronation Street star Debra Stephenson will create the role of Alison in this heart-warming new musical, joining Diana Vickers in the 2017 tour. (more...)

Simon Godwin's MEASURE FOR MEASURE Begins This Weekend at TFANA
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2017

Theatre for a New Audience presents Simon Godwin's (Associate Director, London's National Theatre) Measure for Measure, William Shakespeare's dark comedy about justice, faith, power, sex and family. Measure for Measure is the first time Godwin is directing Shakespeare with an American company. The production runs this weekend, June 17, through July 16 at Polonsky Shakespeare Center (262 Ashland Place) in the Brooklyn Cultural District. (more...)

NY Public Library's Lewis and Dorothy Cullman Curator Doug Reside on the Tonys at Curtain Up
by NYPL for the Performing Arts - Jun 1, 2017

BroadwayWorld continues our exclusive content series, in collaboration with The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, which delves into the library's unparalleled archives, and resources. Below, check out a piece by Doug Reside, Lewis and Dorothy Cullman Curator for the Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on: Political Satires in The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Theatre on the Tonys at Curtain Up! (more...)

Cult Writer Rediscovered By The Finborough Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

"Laughter is a weapon: all you can do is laugh, isn't it?" (more...)

Centenary Stage Comapny Announces Cast for World Premiere of Patricia Cotter's Award-Winning Comedy THE SURROGATE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2017

Famed Groundlings Theatre in LA alumna - which gave birth to such SNL actors as Phil Hartman, Lorraine Newman, and the Pee Wee Herman phenomenon - and Emmy Award winning author, Patricia Cotter, brings her unique sense of comedy and contemporary issues to Centenary Stage Company with the World Premiere of The Surrogate February 17 through March 5 at the Lackland Performing Arts Center (LPAC). (more...)

THE GIFT to Bring 'Novel' Tale to Walnut Street Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

Walnut Street Theatre's 2016-2017 Independence Studio on 3 season continues with the story behind the making of a great novel in THE GIFT. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE GIFT at Walnut Street Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2017

Walnut Street Theatre's 2016-2017 Independence Studio on 3 season continues with the story behind the making of a great novel in THE GIFT. Written by Will Stutts and directed by Greg Wood, the production opens tonight, February 23, and continues through March 19 in the Walnut's Independence Studio on 3. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

More Stars Sign on for Broadway's SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

Additional casting has been announced for the revival of John Guare's critically acclaimed play Six Degrees Of Separation starring seven-time Emmy Award winner Allison Janney ('Mom,' The Girl on the Train) as Ouisa, Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey (The Normal Heart, 'Manhattan') as Flan and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton, '24: Legacy') as Paul. (more...)

Casting Announced for YOU'RE HUMAN LIKE THE REST OF THEM
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Directed by Carla Kingham. Set and Costume Design by Ruta Irbite. Lighting by Kieron Johnson. Sound by Max Pappenheim. Produced by Audrey Thayer. Presented by Marricdale Productions in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre. Supported by the B. S. Johnson Estate. (more...)

THE GIFT to Bring 'Novel' Tale to Walnut Street Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Walnut Street Theatre's 2016-2017 Independence Studio on 3 season continues with the story behind the making of a great novel in THE GIFT. (more...)

Photo Flash: Centenary Stage Co. presents THE SURROGATE CONTINUES
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2017

Winner of the 2016 Susan Glaspell Award and finalist in the prestigious 2016 O'Neil National Playwrights Conference, Emmy Award Winner Patricia Cotter's brand new comedy The Surrogate, continues its World Premiere run now through March 5 at Centenary Stage Company's Lackland Performing Arts Center (LPAC). (more...)

Cape Playhouse Announces 2017 Creative Teams
by BWW News Desk - Feb 2, 2017

The historic Cape Playhouse, American's oldest continually operating summer theatre, is thrilled to announce our creative teams for our upcoming 2017 Summer Season. (more...)

Photo Coverage: The New Group Celebrates Opening Night of EVENING AT THE TALK HOUSE
by Walter McBride - Feb 17, 2017

Remember when we felt we could do anything, when there was still nothing to fear?  Yes, things have changed a bit, haven't they?  And people keep saying there's nothing to be afraid of!  (more...)

New Comedy THE SURROGATE to Premiere at Centenary Stage Company
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

Family life is changing, and playwright Patricia Cotter knows all about it.   In a smart and funny play about blended families, desire, motherhood, class and sexual politics, Cotter's comedy, "The Surrogate" examines just how much  we can ask of our friends, our parents and our spouses, and whether we'll get any of our important life decisions right in this new age.   (more...)

Centenary Stage Comapny Announces Cast for World Premiere of Patricia Cotter's Award-Winning Comedy THE SURROGATE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

Famed Groundlings Theatre in LA alumna - which gave birth to such SNL actors as Phil Hartman, Lorraine Newman, and the Pee Wee Herman phenomenon - and Emmy Award winning author, Patricia Cotter, brings her unique sense of comedy and contemporary issues to Centenary Stage Company with the World Premiere of The Surrogate February 17 through March 5 at the Lackland Performing Arts Center (LPAC). (more...)

Photo Flash: Centenary Stage Comapny presents or World Premiere of Patricia Cotter's THE SURROGATE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Family life is changing, and playwright Patricia Cotter knows all about it.   In a smart and funny play about blended families, desire,  motherhood, class and sexual politics,  Cotter's comedy, " The Surrogate"  examines just how much  we can ask of our friends, our parents and our spouses,  and whether we'll get any of our important life decisions right in this new age.   (more...)

DSI Comedy Theater Announces 2017 North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2017

February brings DSI Comedy Theater's largest event of the year. This year, it is giving DSI a chance to showcase a new direction and continue its 17th year tradition of showcasing comedy from up and down the east coast and across the country. (more...)

Donny Osmond Lends Voice to THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES at Pioneer Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2017

Pioneer Theatre Company announces Donny Osmond's involvement in the upcoming production of the musical The Will Rogers Follies: A Life in Review, running May 5 - 20, 2017. (more...)

Photo Flash: Theatreworks Silicon Valley presents Musical RAGS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2016/2017 season with a musical saga of immigrant America, Rags. From the creators of Fiddler on the Roof and Wicked, this exhilarating musical follows the journey of Jewish immigrants Rebecca and her son David, who find themselves navigating the teeming, turn-of-the-century tenements of New York. A soaring, tuneful score (music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz) illuminates this sweeping saga (book by Joseph Stein) of dreams and disillusions, love lost and inspiration found, and the heart and soul of the American character. It was declared "A winner, warm and witty. You are tempted to rise cheering," by The Mercury News. Rags will be directed by TheatreWorks Founding Artistic Director Robert Kelley, who notes "this production could not be timelier. As America debates immigration policies, what better time to present this deeper look at the newcomer's experience." Performances are April 5-30 (press opening: April 8) at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro Street, Mountain View. For tickets ($35-$86) and more information the public may visit TheatreWorks.orgor call (650) 463-1960. (more...)

BWW Review: Capital City Theatre's LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR AND GRILL at The Overture Jazz's Up Madison
by Scott Rawson - Apr 3, 2017

From the moment, you are seated in the intimate Wisconsin Studio at the Overture Center you are transported to Emerson's Bar and Grill. The year,1959. The month, March. Billie Holiday will only live another 4 months, at which time she will die at the young age of 44 from cirrhosis of the liver. (more...)

Theatre East to Honor Richard Mawe with Laurette Taylor Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2017

Theatre East Board of Directors presents Richard Mawe with the 2017 Laurette Taylor Award on Monday, May 15th at Cafe Tallulah, 240 Columbus Ave, in the Upper West Side. The benefit starts at 7pm with an exclusive cocktail reception. Tickets start at $100. The evening will include tributes, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, entertainment, and an auction. (more...)

Links in the Chain... Meet the Cast of SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, Opening Tonight!
by Meet the Cast - Apr 25, 2017

John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation, starring seven-time Emmy Award winner Allison Janney ('Mom,' The Girl on the Train), Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey (The Normal Heart, 'Manhattan') and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton, '24: Legacy'), directed by Trip Cullman (Significant Other, Yen), officially opens tonight, April 25, at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). Below, get to know the cast before they take their opening bows! (more...)

BWW Review: Cynthia Nixon and Laura Linney Alternate Roles in Lillian Hellman's Fascinating THE LITTLE FOXES
by Michael Dale - Apr 20, 2017

With her throaty elegance, sharp comic bite and aggressively sexual allure, Tallulah Bankhead quickly earned a loyal following when she appeared in her first five Broadway plays in the years between 1918 and 1922. Unfortunately, her performances were often the only positive attraction and each of the quintet closed very quickly. (more...)

First Listen to 'Liberte Egalite and Fraternite' from THE BRAILLE LEGACY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

The world premiere of a major new musical, "The Braille Legacy", is the thrilling, true, inspirational and epic story of Louis Braille, a young blind boy who wanted the same chance in life as those who see and ended up improving the lives of millions of blind people around the world. BroadwayWorld brings you a first listen to the song 'Liberte Egalite and Fraternite' from the show below! (more...)

Theater J Extends Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Reacting to enthusiastic critical and audience response, Theater J is extending the run of its current production of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs by one week, to May 14.   (more...)

Photo Flash: Charing Cross Theatre presents THE BRAILLE LEGACY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2017

The world premiere of a major new musical, "The Braille Legacy", is the thrilling, true, inspirational and epic story of Louis Braille, a young blind boy who wanted the same chance in life as those who see and ended up improving the lives of millions of blind people around the world. (more...)

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