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Jeffrey Bean, Melissa Pritchett and More Set for Alley Theatre's COMMUNICATING DOORS; Cast & Creative Team Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2014

Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd announces the cast and creative team for Alan Ayckbourn's science fiction comedy Communicating Doors. Eleven plays penned by Alan Ayckbourn have been produced by the Alley, including the American premiere of Henceforward, directed by Ayckbourn, in 1987 and House & Garden in 2002. Alan Ayckbourn has been inducted into the American Theatre's Hall of Fame, received the 2010 Critics' Circle Award for Services to the Arts, became the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards and was knighted in 1997 for services to the theatre. (more...)

Sara Farrington's NEAR VICKSBURG Plays Incubator Arts Project, Now thru 3/16
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2014

Sara Farrington's NEAR VICKSBURG will run today, March 6-16, 2014 at Incubator Arts. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Dinner and a Show - Shank's Tavern and BABY at Susquehanna Stage Co in Marietta
by Marakay Rogers - Mar 6, 2014

BABY is a small but charming show at Susquehanna Stage -- and for dinner first in a cold end-of-winter, warm up at the ancient fireplace at Shank's Tavern (more...)

Apollo Theater and World Music Institute to Present 2014 AFRICA NOW Festival, 4/2-6
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2014

The Apollo Theater and World Music Institute present AFRICA NOW, a four-day music festival spotlighting today's African music scene. The second annual festival will feature a powerful lineup of artists who have drawn upon their roots for inspiration - and transplanted them onto the global music landscape. Africa Now will be anchored by a blow-out concert, April 5th, on the legendary Apollo stage featuring: Malian songstress Fatoumata Diawara; Senegalese trio Les Freres Guisse; and reggae/Afrobeat collective Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. (more...)

TheatreWorks Stages ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Now thru 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 5, 2014

TheatreWorks, the nationally acclaimed theatre of Silicon Valley, presents ONCE ON THIS ISLAND from the Tony Award-winning creators of Ragtime. A timeless legend filled with joy, heartache, and adventure, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, winner of the Oliver Award for Best New Musical, boasts a score pulsing with irresistible Caribbean beats by Tony Award-winner Stephen Flaherty, with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. TheatreWorks Artistic Director Robert Kelley will direct this uplifting musical, which takes its story from a book by Rosa Guy, in turn inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Little Mermaid.' Choreographed by award-winning director, choreographer, and actor Gerry McIntyre, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND plays today, March 5-30, 2014 (press opening March 8) at TheatreWorks at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto. (more...)

THE MUSIC MAN, Starring Isaiah Johnson and Stephanie Umoh, to Play NJPAC and Two River Theater, 3/13-23
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2014

Director and playwright Robert O'Hara thinks there's something curious about The Music Man, Meredith Willson's famous musical about big brass bands and small-town busybodies. (more...)

Harry Kendall Dowdy Jr. Releases CRIMSON WATERFALL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2014

History is created by the individuals who move through it, whether they experience triumph or tragedy. This new book chronicles the lives and accomplishments of author Harry Kendall Dowdy Jr.'s extended family, covering his direct line and that of six families related to it: Scarboroughs, Clarks, Westons, Wrights, Shivers and Scotts. As well as revealing true personal stories, Dowdy puts his relatives into historical context, describing little-known facts and people from the past. (more...)

Jane Lynch, Kate Baldwin, Roslyn Kind & More Set for 54 Below in Coming Months
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

This April, May and June at 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond. Located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54thStreet. For a detailed schedule of upcoming performances at 54 Below and to purchase tickets, visit www.54Below.com. (more...)

Diane Paulus-Helmed FINDING NEVERLAND World Premiere, New Play by Eve Ensler and More Set for A.R.T.'s 2014-15 Season!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Managing Director William Russo, has announced its 2014/15 Season. (more...)

Pushcart Players Presents CELEBRATING NEW JERSEY Today
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

Pushcart Players, New Jersey's acclaimed touring theatre for young audiences presents 'Celebrating New Jersey' at Horizon Retail Center in Moorestown NJ today, March 26 at 3:30 pm in a free performance as part of New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival. (more...)

Carolyn Beale Shotsky Releases ALICE MAVERY
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

Life brings change many times for Alice Mavery, an Irish orphan found tied to a riverbank in rural Ohio when she was just a young girl. This new historical novel shares Alice's story as she comes of age in The Civil War and must cope with politics and society during a time when life was a struggle for many Americans. (more...)

IF IT ONLY EVEN RUNS A MINUTE Comes to 54 Below, Includes Lesli Margherita, Chip Zien, & More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2014

Sometimes Broadway musicals run forever, like Cats or Les Miserables. But sometimes, Broadway musicals run for only a minute, like Merrily We Roll Along, High Fidelity, or Via Galactica. This is their story. (more...)

Milwaukee Symphony Presents BEETHOVEN'S 9TH SYMPHONY, Now thru 3/23
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Edo de Waart open the 2014 Beethoven Festival with Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 today, March 21-23, 2014 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Alhambra Celebrates 50 Years of the Beatles in the US with BEATLEMANIA AGAIN, Now thru 3/23
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2014

One of the greatest moments in the history of show business happened at 1:20 PM, on February 7th, 1964, when Pan Am Yankee Clipper Flight number 101 carrying four British musicians landed at New York's Idlewild Airport. Within 48 hours the Beatles were performing on the Ed Sullivan Show overwhelming 73 million viewers. (more...)

MAME, Starring Emily Skinner, SOUTH PACIFIC and More Make Up Virginia Rep's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

Virginia Repertory Theatre revealed the new titles for the 2014/15 Season with a public announcement at the November Theatre last evening. The announcement marks Bruce Miller and Phil Whiteway's 40th season as Artistic Director and Managing Director. Miller reflects on this milestone, "I'm proud to be announcing my 40th season as Artistic Director. The 18 shows that comprise Virginia Rep's 2014/15 roster include several of my favorite comedies, dramas and musicals. Whether a renowned classic or an exciting new release, each selection will take us on a breathtaking journey. I can't wait to discover with our audience the adventures that lie ahead." (more...)

Frank Wildhorn's New Musical FREEDOM'S SONG and More Set for Ford's Theatre's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

Ford's Theatre Director Paul R. Tetreault today announced that the Ford's Theatre 2014-2015 season will include mainstage productions of Driving Miss Daisy, headlined by Nancy Robinette and Craig Wallace, the return of Edward Gero as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, the world premiere of The Widow Lincoln by James Still, and a new musical, Freedom's Song, still in development, inspired by the words of Lincoln and those who lived through The Civil War. (more...)

GraphicAudio's Twenty Off Tuesdays Presents TEXAS RANGERS (SERIES SET)
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

A Comanche war party raids settlements and steals horses. A young warrior named Buffalo Caller kills a young couple, then abducts their red-haired little boy. The boy is rescued by a volunteer defender of the white settlers named Mike Shannon, who raises the boy as his own and calls him Rusty. (more...)

Robert Schenkkan's THE KENTUCKY CYCLE Plays BPA, Now thru 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

PHC Construction presents THE KENTUCKY CYCLE - an epic in two parts, running today, March 14 - 30: Todays @ 7:30 p.m. & Saturdays @ 2:00 p.m. (PART I) and Saturdays @ 7:30 p.m. & Sundays @ 2:00 p.m. (PART II) at Bainbridge Performing Arts (BPA). (more...)

CAN'T HOBBLE THE ELEPHANT is Released
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

According to a project done by George Washington University, 1 in 5 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are diagnosed with PTSD. We can recognize these symptoms now, but what would this have looked like during the American Civil War? (more...)

Musical Theatre West to Present West Coast Premiere of S'WONDERFUL, 4/4-20
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

Musical Theatre West presents the third production of their 61st season, the West Coast Premiere of S'WONDERFUL: The New Gershwin Musical, created and directed by Ray Roderick, musicaldirection by Bret Simmons with choreography by Charlie Williams. S'WONDERFUL will preview on Friday, April 4, open on Saturday, April 5 and perform for three weeks only through Sunday, April 20 at The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, located at 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. (more...)

Isaiah Johnson and Stephanie Umoh Star in THE MUSIC MAN: IN CONCERT at Two River Theater and NJPAC, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (President and CEO John Schreiber) and Two River Theater (Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst) announced today the full cast of Meredith Willson's The Music Man, a concert version of the classic Tony Award-winning musical, directed by Obie Award-winner Robert O'Hara, with music direction by Kenny J. Seymour. America's favorite musical about big brass bands and small-town spirit will be performed by an African-American cast. The River City, Iowa setting will be based on historical accounts of black communities established during the Great Migration as former slaves moved across the U.S. following The Civil War. (more...)

Civil War Era Film THE RETRIEVAL Out in Limited Release 4/2
by Movies News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

Variance Films will release The Civil War era film 'The Retrieval' in theaters starting on April 2nd in New York at the Film Forum (more...)

Tom Nelis to Star in, Aaron Posner and Teller to Direct A.R.T.'s THE TEMPEST; Cast & Creatives Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Diane Paulus, Artistic Director and William Russo, Managing Director; announced today the company for the last production of its 2013/14 Season, THE TEMPEST, adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller from the play by William Shakespeare, with magic by Teller, music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, and movement by Matt Kent of Pilobolus. (more...)

Robert O'Hara to Direct Two River Theater and NJPAC's Production of THE MUSIC MAN, March 2014
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (President and CEO, John Schreiber) and Two River Theater (Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst) announced today a new collaboration that will bring a concert version of Meredith Willson's The Music Man, performed by an African-American cast, to audiences in both Newark and Red Bank, New Jersey. (more...)

BWW Reviews: BATTLEDRUM's Drummer Boys Bond Over Battle
by Ellen Dostal - Mar 12, 2014

The shining moment in this 70-minute Civil War musical comes in the final scene when the entire cast executes Ameenah Kaplan's dramatic drum choreography with exciting precision. It's a thrilling conclusion to an otherwise plodding musical by Doug Cooney (book & lyrics) and Lee Ahlin (music). (more...)

THE MUSIC MAN, Starring Isaiah Johnson and Stephanie Umoh, to Play NJPAC and Two River Theater, 3/13-23
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

Director and playwright Robert O'Hara thinks there's something curious about The Music Man, Meredith Willson's famous musical about big brass bands and small-town busybodies. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Bloody, Gory TITUS A GRAND AND GORY ROCK MUSICAL Continues CPT's Off-the-Beaten-Path Journey
by Roy Berko - Mar 11, 2014

Since he became the artistic director of Cleveland Public Theatre, Raymond Bobgan has set a clear path. He has organized a theatre that centers on practicality. It lives within its means, is well organized and is artistically creative. The play productions respond to 'the political events, societal movements and new technology.' It has a spiritual mission that places 'high value on truth, even if that truth cannot be easily packaged or explained.' (more...)

Pushcart Players to Bring CELEBRATING NEW JERSEY to Wyckoff Public Library, 3/29
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

Pushcart Players, New Jersey's acclaimed touring theatre for young audiences performs Celebrating New Jersey at Wyckoff Public Library on Saturday, March 29 at 2:00 pm as part of New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival. (more...)

Public Theater Continues Forum Series with Sarah Lewis, Jose Rivera & Carrie Mae Weems, 4/7
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

The Public Theater will continue its Spring Public Forum series with an exciting new Public Forum Solo, SARAH LEWIS: PICTURES AND PROGRESS, on Monday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Joe's Pub at The Public. Member tickets are on sale now. Single tickets, starting at $25, go on sale Wednesday, March 12 and can be purchased at (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at 425 Lafayette Street. (more...)

Capathia Jenkins, Leslie Kritzer, Faith Prince and Clarke Thorell to Tribute Fanny Brice at 92Y, 5/3-5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2014

Funny girl, singular talent, American icon. Fanny Brice hit stardom in the 1920s and, almost a century later, still inspires the public imagination. On May 3, 4, and 5, Lyrics & Lyricists pays tribute to Fanny with Ziegfeld Girl: The Many Faces of Fanny Brice, a night of songs she put on the Broadway map, led by artistic director Ted Sperling, music director of the smash 2008 Broadway revival of South Pacific. Vocalists Capathia Jenkins, Leslie Kritzer, Faith Prince and Clarke Thorell sing classics like "Second Hand Rose" and "My Man"-as well as songs she inspired in Funny Girl. (more...)

The New-York Historical Society Sets May 2014 Exhibitions
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2014

The New-York Historical Society has announced its May 2014 exhibitions. Details below! (more...)

CARDBOARD PIANO BIRD FIRE FLY & THUNDERBODIES Set for Yale's 9th Annual Carlotta Festival of New Plays, Running 5/9-16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2014

YALE SCHOOL OF DRAMA presents the ninth annual Carlotta Festival of New Plays, May 9 to 16 at the Iseman Theater (1156 Chapel Street, New Haven). The Festival is comprised of three fully-produced plays by graduating playwrights performed in repertory with twelve performances over eight days. (more...)

Neil Berg's 101 YEARS OF BROADWAY Set for Harris Center, 5/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2014

Following the fantastic audience response to the last time Neil Berg appeared at Harris Center for the Arts with 100 Years of Broadway in 2011, Mr. Berg returns to Folsom with an all new show celebrating 101 Years of Broadway. This highly anticipated return engagement features a dazzling cast of five Broadway stars accompanied by an all-star New York band. (more...)

A.R.T.'s THE TEMPEST Plays the Smith Center, Now thru 4/13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2014

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts presents the world premiere of THE TEMPEST, produced by the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at The Smith Center in Las Vegas today, April 5-13, 2014. The Smith Center's first ever co-production, THE TEMPEST is adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller from the play by William Shakespeare, with magic by Teller, music by Tom Waits and movement by Matt Kent of Pilobolus. THE TEMPEST will perform at The Smith Center's Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park in a 500-seat climate controlled tent before moving to Cambridge, MA to begin performances at A.R.T. (more...)

Jeffrey Bean, Melissa Pritchett and More Set for Alley Theatre's COMMUNICATING DOORS, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2014

Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd announces the cast and creative team for Alan Ayckbourn's science fiction comedy Communicating Doors. Eleven plays penned by Alan Ayckbourn have been produced by the Alley, including the American premiere of Henceforward, directed by Ayckbourn, in 1987 and House & Garden in 2002. Alan Ayckbourn has been inducted into the American Theatre's Hall of Fame, received the 2010 Critics' Circle Award for Services to the Arts, became the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards and was knighted in 1997 for services to the theatre. (more...)

Musical Theatre West to Present West Coast Premiere of S'WONDERFUL, 4/4-20
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2014

Musical Theatre West presents the third production of their 61st season, the West Coast Premiere of S'WONDERFUL: The New Gershwin Musical, created and directed by Ray Roderick, musicaldirection by Bret Simmons with choreography by Charlie Williams. S'WONDERFUL will preview today, April 4, open on Saturday, April 5 and perform for three weeks only through Sunday, April 20 at The Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center, located at 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. (more...)

David Henry Hwang, Billy Porter, Jose Rivera and More Tackle The Bible in THE MYSTERIES at The Flea, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

The Flea Theater presents the World Premiere of THE MYSTERIES - a radical retelling of The Bible. (more...)

Apollo Theater and World Music Institute Present 2014 AFRICA NOW Festival, Now thru 4/6
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2014

The Apollo Theater and World Music Institute present AFRICA NOW, a four-day music festival spotlighting today's African music scene. The second annual festival will feature a powerful lineup of artists who have drawn upon their roots for inspiration - and transplanted them onto the global music landscape. Africa Now will be anchored by a blow-out concert, April 5th, on the legendary Apollo stage featuring: Malian songstress Fatoumata Diawara; Senegalese trio Les Freres Guisse; and reggae/Afrobeat collective Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. (more...)

Civil War Era Film THE RETRIEVAL Out in Limited Release Today
by Movies News Desk - Apr 2, 2014

Variance Films will release The Civil War era film 'The Retrieval' in theaters starting today, April 2nd in New York at the Film Forum (more...)

Long Beach Opera Announces AN AMERICAN SOLDIER'S TALE and A FIDDLER'S TALE, 5/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Long Beach Opera's offbeat double bill provides two iconic American takes on Igor Stravinsky's whimsical, neoclassical theater piece L'Histoire du Soldat. Composed in 1918, Stravinsky's original score was set to Ferdinand Ramuz's version of a Russian folktale about a soldier in pursuit of a princess and a treasure who is conned by the Devil. (more...)

The Players Guild of Leonia Presents SWING! THE MUSICAL, 5/2 - 5/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

The Players Guild of Leonia presents Swing! The Musical, directed by Chris Watson with musical direction by Ilya Mazlov. Conceived by Paul Kelly, original direction and choreography by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, originally produced by Jerry Zaks. (more...)

Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith to Star in THE GOOD LORD BIRD Film Adaptation
by Movies News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

Deadline writes that Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith have signed on to star in an upcoming film adaptation of THE GOOD LORD BIRD, based on the book by James McBride. (more...)

People's Light & Theatre to Stage WOODY SEZ, 5/7-25
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

People's Light & Theatre presents Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie running May 7-25 on the Leonard C. Haas Stage. (more...)

Arena Stage to Hold VOICES OF NOW Festival, 5/14 - 5/17
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2014

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater will host the Voices of Now Festival, a four-day event featuring original works of theater written and performed by nine different youth ensembles from the internationally renowned Community Engagement program. The festival will bring together more than 100 artists, ages 11-24, from D.C., Maryland and Virginia who have been working with professional theater artists from Arena Stage for the past year to devise original one-act plays. The 2014 ensembles will come together May 14-17, 2014 to perform and discuss their work in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle at the Mead Center. (more...)

Civil War Book "The Boys of Chattanooga" Now Available on Amazon and on Kindle
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2014

Clyde Hedges is pleased to announce that his book, 'The Boys of Chattanooga' is now available on Amazon and Kindle. This gripping piece of Civil War literature tells the story of the siege and battle for Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1863. (more...)

Firehouse Theatre Sets 21st Season: HAIR, WAIT UNTIL DARK & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Firehouse Theatre has announced Season 21, slated to be one of its most diverse and adventurous seasons yet. Season 21 will feature five remarkable offerings: A Tony and Drama Desk Award winning rock musical, a classic American thriller, a new American Christmas musical, a world premiere play, and an Obie Award winning Off-Broadway hit. (more...)

'Captain America' Star Comes From a Line of Real-Life Captain Americas
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2014

PROVO, UT(Marketwired - Apr 1, 2014) - Captain America represents the quintessential American hero, a soldier who is wholly dedicated to defending the ideals of this country. In celebration of the release of the film sequel, 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' Ancestry.com looked into the family history of Captain America himself, Chris Evans, and found that he is more than qualified to play the iconic American superhero. Evans has a long lineage of real-life heroes who have fought in nearly every major war in American history, all the way back to the American Revolution. (more...)

Author T.R.C. Hutton Receives the 2013 Weatherford Award
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2014

University Press of Kentucky author T.R.C. Hutton has been named the recipient of the 2013 Weatherford Award for nonfiction for his book Bloody Breathitt: Politics and Violence in the Appalachian South. The Weatherford Award is presented by Berea College and theAppalachian Studies Association annually to honor books in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry that highlight different characteristics of the Appalachian South. (more...)

Tom Nelis Stars in, Aaron Posner and Teller Direct A.R.T.'s THE TEMPEST, Beg. Tonight in Las Vegas
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2014

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Diane Paulus, Artistic Director and William Russo, Managing Director, presents the last production of its 2013/14 Season, THE TEMPEST, adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller from the play by William Shakespeare, with magic by Teller, music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, and movement by Matt Kent of Pilobolus. (more...)

Marymount Manhattan College to Honor Tony Nominee Frank Wildhorn at President's Gala, 4/28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2014

On Monday, April 28, 2014, Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) will host the annual President's Gala, a special evening honoring Grammy and Tony Award nominated composer, lyricist and producer Frank Wildhorn. (more...)

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