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Birmingham Rep Presents World Premiere of Rachel De-lahay's CIRCLES, Now thru May 24
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2014

Birmingham's famous outer circle bus route is to be the setting for a new play at Birmingham Repertory Theatre this May. Circles, Rachel De-lahay's vivid and powerful drama set on Birmingham's number 11 bus boldly explores cycles of violence and what it takes to break them. (more...)

Gina McKee & More Join Cast of Trafalgar Transformed's RICHARD III
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2014

Gina McKee (Di & Viv & Rose, King Lear, Ivanov, Our Friends In The North, Notting Hill) will play Queen Elizabeth, alongside the previously announced Martin Freeman (more...)

Aurora Theatre Company to Present AMERICAN BUFFALO, 6/13-7/13
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2014

Closing Aurora Theatre Company's 22nd season is David Mamet's powerful, fast-paced drama AMERICAN BUFFALO. Tony-nominated director Barbara Damashek, who helmed Aurora Theatre Company's acclaimed productions of Fat Pig and Private Jokes, Public Places, returns to direct AMERICAN BUFFALO, featuring James Carpenter (John Gabriel Borkman, The Master Builder, The Birthday Party, The Homecoming), Paul Vincent O'Connor (Death Defying Acts, National Tour August: Osage County), and Rafael Jordan. AMERICAN BUFFALO plays June 13 through July 13 at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. For tickets ($32-60) and information the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. For mature audiences. (more...)

This is Not a Theatre Company to Present A SERIOUS BANQUET, 6/2-19
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

Cubism comes to life at a dinner party that is also a theatre performance this June with This is Not a Theatre Company's A Serious Banquet, helmed by the dynamic female duo of director Erin Mee and playwright Jessie Bear. (more...)

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY by Harold Pinter Plays in Redwood City, 6/5-6/15
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2014

Highly controversial when it opened in 1958 and now considered a classic, The Birthday Party is one of Pinter's least subtle plays. Set in a seaside boarding house, it is part black comedy and part whodunit, with the central action literally happening in the dark. Like all great literature, it asks timeless questions: How can we be sure that anyone is who he says he is? Is it ever possible to pin down the truth of the past? And can we ever escape our deepest fears? (more...)

Alexander Sharp & More to Star in CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME on Broadway; Full Casting Announced
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014

Casting has been announced for the National Theatre production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (more...)

BWW Reviews: Michael Pink Conjures A Majestic Masterpiece in MIRROR, MIRROR
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - May 19, 2014

Michael Pink's World Premiere Mirror, Mirror conjures a spell that leaves the audience speechless except for the applause of a standing ovation in Uhlien Hall at Milwaukee's Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. In collaboration with the Milwaukee Ballet Company, Andrews Sill and the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Composer Philip Fenney, Lighting Designer David Grill and Costume and Scenic Designer Todd Edward Ivins, Pink's masterpiece production on the Thursday night opening of the fairy tale Snow White presented a majestic full-length theatrical ballet for Milwaukee audiences. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at CIRCLES at Birmingham Rep
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Birmingham's famous outer circle bus route is to be the setting for a new play at Birmingham Repertory Theatre this May. Circles, Rachel De-lahay's vivid and powerful drama set on Birmingham's number 11 bus boldly explores cycles of violence and what it takes to break them. Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action! (more...)

At the Helm! BWW Rounds Up This Season's Broadway Directors
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 9, 2014

Broadway stars might boast the biggest fan-bases, but without their directors, the vehicle driving their talents could easily swerve off the tracks. Keeping the runaway train at bay are season's bold Broadway 'conductors'. Scroll down to learn more about this season's intrepid and imaginative leaders! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 3/09/2014
by BWW - Mar 9, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/09/2014 for Los Angeles (more...)

Rodgers & Hammerstein's ALLEGRO, Peter Sarsgaard as HAMLET and More Set for Classic Stage's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2014

Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Executive Director Greg Reiner, today announced plans for its 2014/2015 Season. The upcoming season for the esteemed off-Broadway company begins in October with Rodgers & Hammerstein's ALLEGRO, directed by Tony Award-winner and CSC Associate Director John Doyle. ALLEGRO marks the second installment of CSC's Musical Theater Initiative, which launched last year with the company's hugely-successful production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Passion, directed by Doyle. Considered one of Richard Rodgers' and Oscar Hammerstein II's most personal and groundbreaking works, ALLEGRO was their third collaboration and first premiered on Broadway in 1947. (more...)

SOME GIRL(S), TAKE ME OUT and More Set For Dragon Productions Theatre's 2nd Stages Series, Beg. March 2014
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2014

Dragon's brand new 2nd Stages series launches in March. This new series will give local theatre makers the opportunity to fully produce their passion projects with the support of an established theatre company. This dynamic pairing will create an exciting new set of theatre options in downtown Redwood City. (more...)

Aurora Theatre Company to Stage THE LETTERS, 4/17-5/25
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2014

Aurora Theatre Company presents its first fully staged production in the company's second stage performance space, Harry's UpStage. Award-winning Bay Area auteur Mark Jackson returns to the company to direct this sixth addition to the season, the Professional Bay Area Premiere of John W. Lowell's suspenseful psychological thriller THE LETTERS, featuring Beth Wilmurt (The Eccentricities of a Nightingale) and Michael Ray Wisely (The Arsonists). THE LETTERS plays April 17 through May 25 at Harry's UpStage, located in the Nell and Jules Dashow Wing at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. For tickets ($28, 32) and information the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. (more...)

Scoop: TROPHY WIFE on ABC - Tonight, March 4, 2014
by TV Scoop - Mar 4, 2014

Get all the scoop on TROPHY WIFE, airing on ABC tonight, March 4, 2014! (more...)

First Floor Theater's TOLLBOOTH: A CLOWN SHOW Runs 4/24-5/18
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

First Floor Theater will present the world premiere of TOLLBOOTH: A CLOWN SHOW, a clown and object theater piece for all ages. The show will be performed at the Humboldt Park Field House West Gym from April 24-May 18, 2014. Tickets for TOLLBOOTH: A CLOWN SHOW will be available at firstfloortheater.com. The press opening will be April 24, 2014 at 7pm. (more...)

Ballet Afrique Hosts Red Carpet PBS Film Screening and Cocktail Reception, Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

Ballet Afrique Contemporary Dance, one of Austin's premiere cultural institutions, is pleased to announce the premiere of the much anticipated hour-long PBS documentary 'A Reason To Dance', part of KLRU's award winning 'Arts in Context' series about Founder & Artistic Director China Smith's inclusive mission to bring dance to all of Austin's children, which will air on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8p CST in celebration of Black History month. Please check local listings. (Trailer: http://www.klru.org/artsincontext/episode/a-reason-to-dance/). Ballet Afrique Contemporary Dance is also pleased to announce that today, March 22, 2014, it will continue celebrating the transformative power of dance by hosting a special Red Carpet Screening of 'A Reason To Dance' and Cocktail Reception at the George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center from 6:00pm - 9:00pm at 1165 Angelina St, Austin, TX 78702. A wide array of local, state, and national public and private leaders, officials, personalities, dignitaries, and friends are expected to be in attendance. The Red Carpet will begin promptly at 6:00pm, followed by the film screening at 7:00pm, and ending with the cocktail reception. (more...)

Finborough Theatre Presents VARIATION ON A THEME, 25 Feb - 22 March
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

The first ever production in more than fifty years of Terence Rattigan's Variation on a Themeopens at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre in a strictly limited four-week season fromTuesday, 25 February 2014, starring twice Olivier Award nominated Rachael Stirling. (more...)

Scoop: BABY DADDY on ABC FAMILY - Wednesday, April 9, 2014
by - Mar 20, 2014

Get all the scoop on BABY DADDY, airing on ABC FAMILY on Wednesday, April 9, 2014! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Los Angeles - Week of 3/02/2014
by BWW - Mar 2, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/02/2014 for Los Angeles (more...)

Welcome Moss Hart Back to Broadway - Meet the Full Cast of Lincoln Center's ACT ONE, Beginning Tomorrow!
by Meet the Cast - Mar 19, 2014

Lincoln Center Theater presents Act One, a play written and directed by James Lapine from the autobiography by Moss Hart. The production is scheduled to begin previews tomorrow night, March 20 and will open on Thursday, April 17 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street). Scroll down to learn more about the full company, plus check out the latest TV spot for the production! (more...)

Jeremy Jordan, Santino Fontana, Judy Kuhn & More Set for CSC's Annual MUSICAL MASTERWORKS Gala, 5/12
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Executive Director Greg Reiner, will present its 2014 Annual Gala, MUSICAL MASTERWORKS, Monday evening, May 12 at the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel (145 West 44th Street). Tony Award-winner and CSC Associate Director John Doyle will helm an evening of memorable numbers from iconic American musicals-a rich and vital heritage that CSC has begun to explore with last season's critically-acclaimed production of Passion and the upcoming production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Allegro. (more...)

Steppenwolf Announces Casting for THE NIGHT ALIVE, 9/18-11/16
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

Casting is complete for Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Chicago-premiere production of The Night Alive by Conor McPherson. Henry Wishcamper directs a cast featuring ensemble members Francis Guinan and Tim Hopper with Helen Sadler, Dan Waller and M. Emmet Walsh. The world premiere of The Night Alive was produced at the Donmar Warehouse in 2013. The Night Alive begins previews September 18, 2014 (opening night is September 28; press performances are September 27 at 3pm and September 30 at 7:30pm) and runs through November 16, 2014 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). (more...)

Helen Sadler, Dan Waller and M. Emmet Walsh Join Steppenwolf Theatre's THE NIGHT ALIVE; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

Casting is complete for Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Chicago-premiere production of The Night Alive by Conor McPherson. Henry Wishcamper directs a cast featuring ensemble members Francis Guinan and Tim Hopper with Helen Sadler, Dan Waller and M. Emmet Walsh. The world premiere of The Night Alive was produced at the Donmar Warehouse in 2013. The Night Alive begins previews September 18, 2014 (opening night is September 28; press performances are September 27 at 3pm and September 30 at 7:30pm) and runs through November 16, 2014 in Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St). (more...)

Northlight Theatre Announces Casting for 'PENSACOLA', THE MOUSETRAP, and WHITE GUY ON THE BUS
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

Northlight Theatre, under the direction of Artistic Director BJ Jones and Executive Director Timothy J. Evans, announces casting for the first three productions of the 40th Anniversary Season. (more...)

Aurora Theatre Company Extends AMERICAN BUFFALO Through 7/20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

Critics and audiences agree that it would be a crime to miss AMERICAN BUFFALO. Aurora Theatre Company announces that it will add an additional 7 performances of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet's powerful, fast-paced modern masterpiece. (more...)

Virago Theatre of San Francisco to Bring AROUSAL and THE LOVER to the Flea, Beg. 7/24
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

Virago Theatre Company of San Francisco's presents AROUSAL, George Pfirrmann's dark comedy paired with Harold Pinter's The Lover from July 24th through August 2 at The Flea Theater (41 White Street in Tribeca). Chloe Bronzan directs actors Laura Lundy Paine and Dan Fagan in this provocative pair of one acts travelling from their critically acclaimed engagements at San Francisco's Phoenix Theatre and the Theatre Asylum Lab in Los Angeles. The Lover was nominated for four Broadway World Award including Best Actress for Laura Lundy Paine and Chloe Bronzan for Best Director. (more...)

Nick Cave to Perform at Select Screenings of 20,000 DAYS ON EARTH
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2014

Nick Cave will perform at a trio of exclusive events this summer in conjunction with advance screenings of 20,000 Days on Earth, the groundbreaking new film on the iconic rock legend, and winner of two awards at the Sundance Film Festival. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Nikka & Mo Discuss Silly Surprises for The Ensemblist Live Anniversary Show
by Matt Tamanini - Jun 11, 2014

Patrick Hinds, host of Theater People Podcast, recently told me that he considers The Ensemblist to be the Radio Lab of theatre podcasts. For podcast aficionados, that is extremely high (and well-deserved) praise. Nikka Graff Lanzarone (WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, CHICAGO) and Mo Brady (THE ADDAMS FAMILY, SMASH) are two Broadway vets that have been giving listeners a look at Broadway 'from the inside out' for over a year. Next week, they are having a party to celebrate, and you're invited. (more...)

Dave Quay Receives Classic Stage Company's 2014 Tichler Grant
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2014

Classic Stage Company has announced that Dave Quay, who appeared in the company's recent production of David Ives' The Heir Apparent, is this year's recipient of the Rosemarie Tichler Fund grant. (more...)

Interrobang Theatre Project to Launch 2014-15 Season with OWNERS, 10/2-11/2
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

Interrobang Theatre Project is pleased to launch its 2014-15 season with the savagely funny play OWNERS by groundbreaking British playwright Caryl Churchill, directed by Co-Artistic Director Jeffry Stanton, playing October 2 - November 2, 2014 at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

Hippodrome Plus Presents SUMMER IN SOUTHSIDE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2014

Following last year's acclaimed festival, Hippodrome Plus presents the return of SUMMER IN SOUTHSIDE, three exciting weekends packed full of spectacular FREE outdoor performances around Birmingham Hippodrome. (more...)

Cinnabar to Open Season with FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Begin. 9/5
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

This fall, Cinnabar Theater kicks off its 42nd season by celebrating the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof. Stephen Walsh of La Cage aux Folles plays Papa Tevye with Cinnabar's own Elly Lichenstein as his wife. Talk about a match made in heaven! Experience the happiness and tears of Fiddler with 45 fantastic singers, dancers, and musicians in Cinnabar's intimate theater. (more...)

FirstWorks and Providence's Department of Art, Culture + Tourism to Celebrate Ten Years of Partnership with Urban Carnavale, 7/20
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

FirstWorks and the City of Providence today announced the line-up of artists from across the globe for the FirstWorks Urban Carnevale. The Urban Carnevale is a celebratory evening of music, spectacle, art, and food capping four days of activities celebrating FirstWorks 10th Anniversary. The free public celebration brings the world to Providence with never-seen-here-before performances from Australia, Italy, Morocco, Mali, and Rhode Island on Saturday, September 20, 2014, starting at 5:00 PM in Providence's City Center, Kennedy Plaza. (more...)

A DANCE OF DEATH to Play Finborough Theatre, Begin. 5 August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Commissioned by the Finborough Theatre from Cerberus Theatre, the UK premiere and the English world premiere of controversial German playwright Rolf Hochhuth's Sommer 14 - A Dance of Death in a brand new translation opens at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season on Tuesday, 5 August 2014 (Press Night: Thursday, 7 August at 7.30pm). (more...)

Finborough Theatre Presents VARIATION ON A THEME, Now thru 22 March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2014

The first ever production in more than fifty years of Terence Rattigan's Variation on a Theme opens at the multi-award-winning Finborough Theatre in a strictly limited four-week season from today, 25 February 2014, starring twice Olivier Award nominated Rachael Stirling. (more...)

Scoop: BABY DADDY on ABC FAMILY - Tonight, April 9, 2014
by TV Scoop - Apr 9, 2014

Get all the scoop on BABY DADDY, airing on ABC FAMILY tonight, April 9, 2014! (more...)

Birmingham Rep to Present World Premiere of Rachel De-lahay's CIRCLES, May 9-24
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2014

Birmingham's famous outer circle bus route is to be the setting for a new play at Birmingham Repertory Theatre this May. Circles, Rachel De-lahay's vivid and powerful drama set on Birmingham's number 11 bus boldly explores cycles of violence and what it takes to break them. (more...)

Stars of ABC Family's MELISSA & JOEY, BABY DADDY Set for Live Twitter Chat
by TV News Desk - Apr 9, 2014

“Melissa & Joey” guest stars Elisa Donovan and David Lascher and “Baby Daddy” star Derek Theler will be live tweeting during the East Coast feeds of their hit comedies on Wednesday, April 9 (8:00–9:00 PM ET/PT). (more...)

Meet the Broadway Class of 2014- Spring Edition!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 6, 2014

With Broadway's 2014 season now in full swing, there's a solid group of performers making their Broadway debuts this Spring. Meet all of the Great White Way's newest stars below, and be sure to let us know who you're most looking forward to seeing onstage! (more...)

Classic Stage Company to Host FIRST LOOK FESTIVAL Showcasing Caryl Churchill, 4/7
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2014

Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Executive Director Greg Reiner, will present its popular First Look Festival, a series of one-night only staged readings, this year focusing on the remarkable work of playwright Caryl Churchill, whose plays have provoked, captivated and astounded audiences since she burst onto the scene in the late 1960s. (more...)

Photo Flash: AMERICAN BUFFALO at Aurora Theatre Company, Opening 6/13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2014

Closing Aurora Theatre Company's 22nd season is David Mamet's powerful, fast-paced drama AMERICAN BUFFALO. Set during one long day, three small-time crooks of great ambition and low morals make plans to rob a man of his valuable coin collection, including what they believe to be an extremely valuable 'Buffalo nickel.' (more...)

Kean's Department of Theatre to Present Harold Pinter's THE LOVER, 4/4-12
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

Kean University's Department of Theatre will present The Lover, a little-known gem by British heavyweight Harold Pinter, in Kean's Zella Fry Theatre April 4 - 12. In this sly and masterful one-act, a husband and wife play games, making up the rules as they go along, and taking on lovers while exploiting each other's weaknesses. A deft exploration of the conventional roles of marriage and the hetero-normal relationship of 'husband and wife,' The Lover follows married couple Richard and Sarah as they struggle for balance and control, each bending the rules and risking instability as they come dangerously close to destruction. (more...)

First Floor Theater's TOLLBOOTH: A CLOWN SHOW Runs Now thru 5/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

First Floor Theater will present the world premiere of TOLLBOOTH: A CLOWN SHOW, a clown and object theater piece for all ages. The show will be performed at the Humboldt Park Field House West Gym from tonight, April 24-May 18, 2014. Tickets for TOLLBOOTH: A CLOWN SHOW will be available at firstfloortheater.com. The press opening will be tonight, April 24, 2014 at 7pm (more...)

Ian Bartholomew, Anna Carteret Among Cast of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE World Premiere Production
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

Disney and Sonia Friedman Productions are delighted to announce casting for the forthcoming stage production of Shakespeare in Love. The announcement coincides with the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth. (more...)

Carteret And More Announced For SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, Opening July
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

Disney and Sonia Friedman Productions are delighted to announce casting for the forthcoming stage production of Shakespeare in Love. The announcement coincides with the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth. (more...)

Scoop: TROPHY WIFE on ABC - Tonight, April 22, 2014
by TV Scoop - Apr 22, 2014

Get all the scoop on TROPHY WIFE, airing on ABC tonight, April 22, 2014! (more...)

CSC Extends THE HEIR APPARENT Through 5/11
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

Classic Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Executive Director Greg Reiner, announced today that its acclaimed production of David Ives' THE HEIR APPARENT, adapted from the play by Jean-Francois Regnard, will extend through Sunday, May 11 at CSC (136 East 13th Street). Directed by John Rando, THE HEIR APPARENT features Suzanne Bertish (Madame Argante), Carson Elrod (Crispin), Claire Karpen (Lisette), Amelia Pedlow (Isabelle), David Pittu (Scruple), Dave Quay (Eraste) and Paxton Whitehead (Geronte). (more...)

Aurora Theatre Company Stages THE LETTERS, Now thru 5/25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

Aurora Theatre Company presents its first fully staged production in the company's second stage performance space, Harry's UpStage. Award-winning Bay Area auteur Mark Jackson returns to the company to direct this sixth addition to the season, the Professional Bay Area Premiere of John W. Lowell's suspenseful psychological thriller THE LETTERS, featuring Beth Wilmurt (The Eccentricities of a Nightingale) and Michael Ray Wisely (The Arsonists). THE LETTERS plays today, April 17 through May 25 at Harry's UpStage, located in the Nell and Jules Dashow Wing at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. (more...)

Aurora Theatre Company Extends THE LETTERS Through 6/1
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

Due to popular pre-sale demand, Aurora Theatre Company announces that it will add an additional week of performances of John W. Lowell's suspenseful psychological thriller THE LETTERS, the first fully staged production in the company's second stage performance space, Harry's UpStage. Award-winning Bay Area auteur Mark Jackson (The Arsonists, Salomania) returns to the company to direct this sixth addition to the season, featuring Beth Wilmurt (The Eccentricities of a Nightingale) and Michael Ray Wisely (The Arsonists). THE LETTERS now plays April 17 through June 1 (added performances: Wednesday, May 28, 8pm; Thursday, May 29, 8pm; Friday, May 30, 8pm; Saturday, May 31, 8pm; Sunday, June 1, 2pm) at Harry's UpStage, located in the Nell and Jules Dashow Wing at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. For tickets ($28, $32) and information the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. (more...)

Scoop: TROPHY WIFE on ABC - Tuesday, April 22, 2014
by TV Scoop - Apr 11, 2014

Get all the scoop on TROPHY WIFE, airing on ABC on Tuesday, April 22, 2014! (more...)

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