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Atlanta Shakespeare Presents THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, Now thru 6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2014

The Atlanta Shakespeare Company at The New American Shakespeare Tavern will present The Comedy of Errors, directed by Andrew Houchins, May 9-June 2014. There will be a $15 preview tonight, May 8. (more...)

Theatre Y Stages MEDEA, Now thru 6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2014

Theatre Y presents Euripides' Medea, freely adapted by poet Robinson Jeffers at Theatre Y, 2649 N. Francisco Ave. in Chicago, today, May 7-June 1, 2014. Director Kevin V. Smith returns to the helm to bring a bold, dangerous, and emotionally rich dreamvision to Euripides' classic, having previously directed Theatre Y's wildly imaginative and experimental productions of Exiles and The Misunderstanding. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Mesa - Week of 5/04/2014
by BWW - May 4, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/04/2014 for Mesa (more...)

BWW Interviews: Sean MacLaughlin Talks Career and EVITA
by David Clarke - May 4, 2014

Last week, while the U.S. National Tour of the Broadway Revival of EVITA was in San Antonio, I got the chance to chat with Sean MacLaughlin, who is playing Colonel Juan Peron, about the show and his career. Houston audiences will recognize him from last season's production of CAMELOT, produced by Theatre Under the Stars, where he played Lancelot. (more...)

BWW Reviews: HERE LIES LOVE, One of 2013's Best Musicals, Returns to The Public
by Michael Dale - May 3, 2014

Alex Timbers, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim offer an innovative and exhilarating look at Imelda Marcos. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Director Michael-Anthony Nozzi on Presenting Tennessee Williams' Original CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF Script
by Shari Barrett - May 27, 2014

Theatre Palisades is presenting Tennessee Williams' original script of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF opening June 6. Since this script is rarely produced and differs from the well-known movie version featuring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman, I decided to speak with the show's director, Michael-Anthony Nozzi, for more information about the production, the first time the original script is being presented in Los Angeles. (more...)

Atlanta Shakespeare at New American Shakespeare Tavern to Present THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, 5/8-6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2014

The Atlanta Shakespeare Company at The New American Shakespeare Tavern will present The Comedy of Errors, directed by Andrew Houchins, May 9-June 2014. There will be a $15 preview on May 8. (more...)

Roman Mints to Release New Recording DANCE OF SHADOWS, 6/10
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2014

Passionate, provocative, and avant-garde with an extraordinary creative energy, Roman Mints is one of the most original violinists of his generation. The newest release by the multi-award-winning Russian violinist is Dance of Shadows, featuring an innovative program of music by Ysa˙e, Piazzolla, Schnittke, Silverstrov and a world premiere by Dobrinka Tabakova. Mints is critically-acclaimed for his previous recordings for the Quartz label and ECM Records. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ROMEO AND JULIET Is a Triumph and a Rare Chance to See it in Period Costume
by Barry Lenny - May 11, 2014

They do say that, when you are on a good thing, stick to it, and the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild is doing just that, inviting Megan Dansie to direct William Shakespeare's tragic love story, (more...)

BWW Interview: Lance Horne Comes Home to Roost at Birdland
by Naomi Serviss - Mar 28, 2014

Horne's March 31 Birdland concert promises something for lovers of many musical genres. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Wilbury Group Stages a Fearless, Brutally Honest Production of BLASTED
by Robert Barossi - Mar 23, 2014

As an art form, theater is many things. It is entertaining. It is inspiring. It is thought-provoking. It can also be disturbing, challenging, provocative and divisive. Some might argue that this is exactly what theater should be and is meant to be. Something that elicits powerful emotions, both positive and negative, from an audience. Something that causes them to discuss, engage, and even argue with each other over what it all means. Love it or hate it, it's power to grab the audience and make them face a difficult reality cannot and will not be denied. This is exactly the kind of theater The Wilbury Group has created with their production of Sarah Kane's Blasted. (more...)

The National Portrait Gallery and the BBC Unveil their Joint Painted Portrait Commission of Falklands Hero Simon Weston
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2014

The National Portrait Gallery and the BBC today unveiled their first joint painted portrait commission – of Falklands War veteran Simon Weston by artist Nicky Philipps. Weston was voted last September by viewers of BBC One'sThe One Show as the public figure who most deserved to have his picture displayed at the National Portrait Gallery. (more...)

Buz Davis to Make Directorial Return to The Carnegie with HARVEY, 4/11-27
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

During his decade of producing shoestring theatre in a proud but dilapidated auditorium, impresario Buz Davis could only dream of the day he might return to find that hall had received a multi-million dollar renovation, and that he was once again at the fore of creating captivating theatre there. That dream comes true this spring. (more...)

Historic North Theatre Presents Three Shows This Weekend: Comedy, Illusion, & Music Now thru 3/17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

Three shows are coming to The Historic North Theatre this weekend- Al Goodwin, Wayne Alan, and Michael Burke. (more...)

The Newly Renovated National Civil Rights Museum to Reopen 4/5
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

The newly renovated National Civil Rights Museum will officially reopen its doors on April 5, 2014. The museum has undergone significant renovation with an infusion of $27.5 million into the remodeling of the 23-year old historic landmark. As a part of the grand reopening weekend, there are several events for general public to experience the new museum. This weekend is the culmination of an 18-month construction project. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Baltimore Symphony and Folger Theatre Combine for a MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
by Charles Shubow - Jun 6, 2014

The Baltimore Symphony, Folger Theatre Company, and Baltimore Choral Arts Society Women's Chorus combine for a musical delight. (more...)

Ailyn Pérez & Stephen Costello Release "Love Duets"
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2014

After debuting at number three on the UK Classical Chart last month, Love Duets is due for U.S. digital release today (Tuesday, June 3), with the CD release to follow on June 10. (more...)

DAY OF MUSIC Festival Celebrates Musical Diversity, 7/12
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

On July 12, the Houston Symphony will present their 2nd annual free Day of Music festival at Jones Hall. Building off the excitement from last year's inaugural event which attracted 10,000 people, Day of Music will celebrate the great diversity within Houston's musical community with 25 performances on 6 stages in and around Jones Hall. (more...)

BWW Reviews: AVENUE Q at Olney Theatre Center - Just Plain Wonderful
by Charles Shubow - Jun 26, 2014

Due to popular demand, AVENUE Q extended to July 13, 2014 (more...)

Atlanta Shakespeare's THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Comes to the Shakespeare Tavern, 7/3-20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

The Atlanta Shakespeare Company at The New American Shakespeare Tavern presents The Taming of the Shrew, July 3-20, 2014, directed by Jeff Watkins. (more...)

BWW Reviews: DISNEY'S THE LION KING Returns to Kennedy Center and Dazzles with Artistry
by Jennifer Perry - Jun 23, 2014

Featuring a wonderful combination of dazzling and unique artistry, Elton John and Tim Rice's strong score, and many strong performances, even those who have been there done that and seen The Lion King before can likely still find something to appreciate in the current national tour. (more...)

Hot! Hot! Hot! Video Preview - BROADWAY BARES is Tonight! All You Need to Know...
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2014

Broadway's SEXIEST night is here! A bevy of sexy special guests from stage, screen and fashion runways will help Broadway Bares blast the roof off of its brand new home at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom tonight as they honor the best of rock and pop music in Broadway Bares: Rock Hard!. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Heather Carvel Honors a Legend in WTC's World Premiere of BIG VOICE: THE ETHEL MERMAN EXPERIENCE
by Christina Mancuso - Jun 20, 2014

They say that everyone has a twin somewhere in the world. Well, I'm sure that Ethel Merman is proudly smiling down at hers as Heather Carvel boldly tackles the role of a lifetime in the World Premiere of Warehouse Theatre Company's BIG VOICE: THE ETHEL MERMAN EXPERIENCE. Directed, conceived and written by Kristofer Green, every look, nuance, expression, and style is exactly dead-on, from hair to dress to even the way Ethel raised her eyebrows and smiled after a song. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of SEARCHING FOR ROMEO, Heading to NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

The 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) presents SEARCHING FOR ROMEO, a new musical with a retro-pop score, featuring Book, Music and Lyrics by Brian Sutton. Directed by Laura Josepher with a cast including Zal Owen ("Fiddler on the Roof"), Natalie Newman ("Grease"), and Justine Magnusson ("Whistle Down the Wind"), the world premiere will be presented as an official selection of the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival at the PTC Performance Space (555 West 42nd Street, New York, NY) for a limited five performances on: Tuesday, July 8 at 8:00pm; Thursday, July 10 at 5:00pm; Friday, July 11 at 9:00pm; Saturday, July 12 at 5:00pm; and Sunday, July 13 at 12:00pm. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Stratford Festival, is a Wild Ride
by Lauren Gienow - Jun 2, 2014

Director CHRIS ABRAHAM's production of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at the Festival Theatre is sure to be the most talked-about production at Stratford Festival this season. This, in itself is a huge feat, as this season is full of brave and exciting productions. Not all of the talk will be positive (though much of it will be), but it will all certainly be passionate! (more...)

Musicals About Clinton, Oprah, Wikipedia, Zombies and More at the Center of NYMF 2014, Running 7/7-27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2014

The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) has announced the full lineup of productions, concerts, readings and special events for its 11th annual festival. This year's Festival will begin July 7th and continue through July 27th. (more...)

Alan Cumming, Andy Karl, Lesli Margherita and More Will Make Guest Appearances at BC/EFA's BROADWAY BARES, 6/22
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

A bevy of sexy special guests from stage, screen and fashion runways will help Broadway Bares blast the roof off of its new home at NYC's Hammerstein Ballroom this Sunday as they honor the best of rock and pop music in Broadway Bares: Rock Hard!. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Spot-On Impersonations in SANDY HACKETT'S RAT PACK SHOW at Theatre-By-The-Sea
by David De Almo - Jun 16, 2014

The premise is that God, as played by the disembodied voice of the legendary Buddy Hackett, has decided to send the Rat Pack back to earth for one final show. From there, it's an impersonation game, with standards and jokes straight through. (more...)

World Premiere New Musical SEARCHING FOR ROMEO Set for 2014 NYMF, 7/8-13
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

The world premiere, new musical SEARCHING FOR ROMEO - book, music and lyrics by Brian Sutton, directed by Laura Josepher, musical direction by David Sisco - will be presented as an official selection of the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival. (more...)

Holiday Inn Express Saint Ignace Fails to Impress
by Anton Anderssen - Jun 12, 2014

Staying at Holiday Inn Express is typically a great experience. Every now and then, the stay is problematic. My current stay at Holiday Inn Express in St. Ignace fails to impress. Being a Platinum Elite, I am always offered 500 points or a snack amenity upon check in at an IHG affiliate, but this property offered neither. After receiving my keys, I checked room 402 to find blood smeared on the wall, a swamp “water view”, garbage outside my balcony, thousands of mosquitos swarming from the swamp, and a hallway carpet needing vacuuming. (more...)

Patricia Esquivias Opens 111-119 GENERALISIMO/CASTELLANA Installation at Murray Guy
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

For her third solo exhibition at Murray Guy, Patricia Esquivias presents 111-119 Generalisimo/Castellana, a video and installation that navigates through a series of tenuous coincidences surrounding a block of five buildings erected in Madrid in the late 1950's on what was Avenida del Generalisimo (after Franco) and was later renamed Paseo de la Castellana. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Fringe Spotlight: STAR CROSS'D Brings Romeo & Juliet To Life With Movement
by Ellen Dostal - Jun 1, 2014

To some, Romeo & Juliet is a story of two teenagers blinded by lust and driven to unspeakable acts, yet at its heart, it is a love story that transcends age and time. In Half Shadow Players' production of STAR CROSS'D, directors Lizzy Ferdinandi and Jessica Gaupel (who also co-founded the company) combine haunting contemporary music with Shakespeare's text to create a 50-minute movement-oriented retelling of the classic love story. (more...)

BWW Blog: David Finckel, Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center - An Adriatic Music Cruise
by Guest Blogger: David Finckel - Jul 9, 2014

The journeys organized by Travel Dynamics combine first-class accommodations and stimulating sight-seeing with intimate chamber music performances in extraordinary locations. As co-Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society, along with my wife, the pianist Wu Han, we program the concerts and select additional musicians from the Society's artist roster to join us as collaborators. The passengers include music lovers who join the cruises through two of our prominent chamber music institutions New York's Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Silicon Valley's Music@Menlo. Joining us on this adventure were Suzanne Davidson and Edward Sweeney, the executive directors of each organization respectively, as well as violinists Kristin Lee and Arnaud Sussmann, two of the most exciting young performers on the classical music scene today. (more...)

BWW Interviews: William Mason Shares Wisdom with San Diego Opera, Part 1
by Erica Miner - Jul 7, 2014

Newly minted Artistic Advisor for a reborn San Diego Opera William Mason learned the ropes of opera artistic administration from such luminaries as Carol Fox and Ardis Krainik. (more...)

Peculiar Works Project to Present 3CHRISTS, Opening 9/7
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

Peculiar Works Project has announced the world premiere of their next site-specific theatrical event, 3CHRISTS, written by SM Dale & Barry Rowell, and directed by Kelly O'Donnell. Based on The Three Christs of Ypsilanti, a psychological study by Milton Rokeach, 3CHRISTS will be performed in the sanctuary of Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South, at Thompson St.). Performances begin on Friday, September 5 for a limited engagement through Sunday, September 28. Opening Night is Sunday, September 7 at 7 PM. The performance schedule is Thursday - Sunday at 7 PM. Tickets, which are $18, are available by calling 866-811-4111 or online www.peculiarworks.org. (more...)

Rubicon Installs New Hearing Loop in Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Hearing-aid users attending performances at Rubicon Theatre will now find the experience more enjoyable thanks to the recent installation of a new hearing loop system. A hearing loop sends pure, clear sound directly to the audience member's hearing device without the need to use any additional equipment. It effectively turns the user's hearing aid into wireless earphones that broadcast sound specifically customized to their pattern of hearing loss. (more...)

'Falling Out: A Memoir: Saving a Life Should be More Fun!' is Released
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Falling Out: A Memoir: Saving a Life Should be More Fun! is a great read! The love-child of David Sedaris and Richard Price, Kenyon Oster is a dazzling lterary talent! Oster's selflessness places him on a journey that highlights positive energy, the power of forgiveness and the inner strength that lies within each of us. Rising above adversity has never been more entertaining or inspiring! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Laughs Come Easily in THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED)
by Larry Murray - Jul 13, 2014

The idea behind this show - which is pretty much a guaranteed hit wherever it has been produced - is to condense many of Shakespeare's masterworks into a two hour orgy of down to earth humor and outright fun. Opening with ROMEO AND JULIET and closing with HAMLET the trio led us on a merry chase through the classics, poking fun as they go. (more...)

BWW Reviews: WEST SIDE STORY at Music Theatre Wichita Shooting Sparks into Space
by Alison Bridget Chambers - Jul 1, 2014

West Side Story came to a triumphant close last night at Century II. Music Theatre Wichita produced another hit in the 2014 season. An exciting, devastating celebration of the human condition, compassion and consequence. (more...)

The Newly Renovated National Civil Rights Museum Reopens Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2014

The newly renovated National Civil Rights Museum will officially reopen its doors today, April 5, 2014. The museum has undergone significant renovation with an infusion of $27.5 million into the remodeling of the 23-year old historic landmark. As a part of the grand reopening weekend, there are several events for general public to experience the new museum. This weekend is the culmination of an 18-month construction project. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Tucson - Week of 4/27/2014
by BWW - Apr 27, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/27/2014 for Tucson (more...)

BWW Reviews: ROMEO & JULIET Is a Comedy?
by Jeff Davis - Apr 25, 2014

To Austin area High School English teachers, I sincerely apologize if any of your students see The Baron's Men's current production of Romeo and Juliet. If they do, they may enter your class with the false belief that Shakespeare's play about impulsive, horny, and eventually suicidal teens is meant to be a comedy. It's not. The words 'A Tragedy' sometimes even accompany the title. The only tragedies of this production are the over three hour running time, the direction that plays the majority of the story for laughs, and the fact that The Baron's Men, while claiming to have great reverence for the Bard, would do this to one of Shakespeare's greatest works. (more...)

Tony Awards to Launch Pop-Up Merchandise Shop at the Paramount Hotel on 4/25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

The Tony Awards will unveil the first ever Tony Awards Pop-Up Shop at the Paramount Hotel on Friday, April 25th. The Tony Awards Pop-Up Shop, located at the Paramount Hotel in the heart of Times Square will feature exclusive merchandise and experiences for Broadway fans from around the world. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Getting a Peek at Otterbein's FULL MONTY
by Paul Batterson - Apr 21, 2014

One can only imagine the conversation between David Buergler and his parents John and Kim when he found out he landed a major role in Otterbein University's production of THE FULL MONTY. (more...)

Theatre Y to Stage MEDEA, 5/7-6/1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

Theatre Y presents Euripides' Medea, freely adapted by poet Robinson Jeffers at Theatre Y, 2649 N. Francisco Ave. in Chicago, May 7-June 1, 2014. Director Kevin V. Smith returns to the helm to bring a bold, dangerous, and emotionally rich dreamvision to Euripides' classic, having previously directed Theatre Y's wildly imaginative and experimental productions of Exiles and The Misunderstanding. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Independent Shakespeare Co. Freshly Spins ROMEO AND JULIET
by Ellen Dostal - Apr 14, 2014

Independent Shakespeare Co. once again showcases its intuitive ability to re-imagine Shakespeare for a modern-day audience with an intimate production of his classic romance, Independent Shakespeare Co. ROMEO AND JULIET (more...)

OLIVIERS 2014: Live Blog!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 13, 2014

It's the biggest night in the West End theatre calendar - the great and the good are gathered in Covent Garden to celebrate the best stage work of the last year. Stick with us throughout the night for all the winners, as well as gossip from the Party in the Piazza, and a running commentary on the TV highlights show! (more...)

Buz Davis Makes Directorial Return to The Carnegie with HARVEY, Now thru 4/27
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

During his decade of producing shoestring theatre in a proud but dilapidated auditorium, impresario Buz Davis could only dream of the day he might return to find that hall had received a multi-million dollar renovation, and that he was once again at the fore of creating captivating theatre there. That dream comes true this spring. (more...)

Andy Hardy Grows Up- Mickey Rooney in SUGAR BABIES
by BWW Staff - Apr 10, 2014

Sugar Babies wasn't supposed to be a hit. The 1979 Broadway insiders 'knew' no one wanted to see two has-been movie stars doing hokey jokes from a long-dead low-brow genre. Yet, it was, a big, fat, lines-around-the-box-office smash. And why? Two words: Mickey Rooney. (more...)

Soho Rep's Spring 2014 Gala Evacuated After Venue Mishap
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2014

Off-Broadway's Soho Repertory Theatre was forced to evacuate and cancel its Spring 2014 gala last night, March 31, after a support beam of the second floor balcony at the Angel Orensanz Center cracked around 7:15 p.m. According to New York Magazine, the floor began to sag on the left side of The Balcony at the Lower East Side synagogue. (more...)

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