BWW Review: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Broadway At The Hobby Center
by Brett Cullum - Nov 22, 2015

Broadway at the Hobby Center has brought Houston one of the best touring versions of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA out there, and it notably soars hitting most all of the notes we demand. Audiences should have an absolute blast at this one. (more...)

Jane Lynch, Joan Rivers Tribute & More Set for Kennedy Center's 2016 Comedy Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

The Kennedy Center today announced a robust schedule of 2015-2016 performances as part of Comedy at the Kennedy Center, the largest since the new series was established in the 2014-2015 season. Capital One is the presenting sponsor. Comedy at the Kennedy Center will include three signature events in the Concert Hall, featuring nationally renowned comedic acts, and the Center's first District of Comedy Festival from June 22-25, showcasing an array of celebrated comedians who will be performing on stages across the building. The District of Comedy Festival will also launch a newly-engaged collaboration with Chicago's legendary comedy theater, The Second City, featuring a Kennedy Center commission that focuses on the history of the United States, which will run for six weeks in the Theater Lab. Tickets for these events go on sale to members on Monday, November 23, 2015 and to the general public on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 (unless otherwise noted). (more...)

BWW Recap: Everyone is an 'Oathbreaker' on GAME OF THRONES
by Jessica Naftaly - May 9, 2016

This week's episode of Game of Thrones aired on Mother's Day, perhaps as an ironic detail of seeding spread throughout the episode in the same vein that Tyrion killed Tywin in season 4 on Father's Day. The episode, entitled “Oathbreaker,” had it's share of deaths and gore, but seemingly shed light on three of our characters whom can be considered “oathbreakers” of sorts. (more...)

Donmar Warehouse Announces Seasons at New King's Cross Temporary Theatre and in New York
by Marianka Swain - May 25, 2016

Artistic Director Josie Rourke and Executive Producer Kate Pakenham announce today that the Donmar Warehouse will launch two ambitious seasons of work in London's King's Cross and in New York. (more...)

BWW Review: Fine Performances Make TREVOR Must See Theatre
by Frank Benge - May 23, 2016

Using true events as source material, TREVOR by Orange is the New Black writer Nick Jones, is at once witty, hilarious and gut-wrenching. The story is about former show biz chimp Trevor (Jason Newman), a 200-pound chimpanzee, and his owner Sandra (Rebecca Robinson), who has an almost maternal attachment to him. At the core, the play is a look at misunderstood communication. Sandra thinks she knows what Trevor is thinking, but the audience is aware of how far off she actually is. Trevor is almost singularly focused on returning to his show biz existence when he worked with Morgan Fairchild (Rebecca Pearcy) in a 'commercial about water bottles or possibly paper'. It is this communication failure that leads to mounting tensions and the ultimately tragic ending. Consider just how frustrating it is not being able to truly communicate with the person you depend on. Yes, this happens in human relationships all the time, but when you make one of the elements in the equation an animal with violent tendencies, both the tension and the very real chance for disaster rise exponentially. (more...)

BWW Review: BAD JEWS - Return Season Hits the Mark!
by Leanne Marsland - May 2, 2016

Returning to the Alex Theatre in true form, Joshua Harmon's comedy Bad Jews hits the mark yet again! His exuberant, whirlwind depiction of a grieving family will make you re-evaluate the turn of phrase, 'blood is thicker than water'. (more...)

The Public's 2016-17 Season to Feature Nia Vardalos, David Byrne's Alex Timbers-Helmed SAINT JOAN, GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM with Harvey Fierstein & More!
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham announced the line-up today for The Public's 2016-17 season. (more...)

BWW Review: Mongiwekhaya's I SEE YOU / NGIYAKUBONA / EK SIEN JOU / NDIYAKUBONA Negotiates Essential South African Territory
by David Fick - May 18, 2016

Mongiwekhaya's I SEE YOU / NGIYAKUBONA / EK SIEN JOU / NDIYAKUBONA places the issue of reconciliation within and between black communities within the wider context of South Africa's fractured rainbow nation - an image that was perhaps more idealistic than true. (more...)

Shoreditch Town Hall Sets 2016 Autumn Season
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

With Shoreditch Town Hall preparing for next month's UK premiere of Andrew Schneider's highly acclaimed YOUARENOWHERE, the venue today announces an eclectic autumn season of high quality, cutting edge theatre, performance, music and comedy. (more...)

BWW Review: Nashville Rep's Jazz-Age Triumph CHICAGO
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 20, 2016

Chicago is one of my favorite cities on the planet, so it goes that Chicago, the Tony Award- and Oscar-winning musical by John Kander and Fred Ebb, is also one of my favorite stage musicals. Brash, sassy, laugh-out-loud funny at one moment, and heart-tuggingly and sweetly sentimental at the next - with a musical score that's memorable and pitch-perfect in the skillful way it tells the story of wannabe vaudeville superstars Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly - Chicago has been a part of the musical theater vernacular for almost 40 years. (more...)

BWW Review: Circle Players' CHILDREN OF EDEN
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 19, 2016

It would have taken a miracle to save the opening night of Circle Players' Children of Eden - one of the most eagerly anticipated productions of the season in Music City - from the wrath of God: in this case an abysmal sound design that prevented the audience from hearing Lauren Frances Jones' exquisite vocal performance as Eve in the Stephen Schwartz/John Caird musical. (more...)

BWW Review: THE NAP, The Crucible, Sheffield, Mar 15 2016
by Ruth Deller - Mar 19, 2016

Finally - a play about snooker at The Crucible! Richard Bean's new comedy is a fun night out celebrating the theatre and the game. (more...)

BWW Review: SBCC Reveals the Mysteries IN THE NEXT ROOM
by Maggie Yates - Mar 16, 2016

“In The Next Room,” illustrates how the mass availability of technology paves the way for social change. Yet at it's core, Ruhl's play is about the personal details of her characters' private lives and desires; and how the availability of electricity changes their lifestyle—from the physician's office to the living room to the bedroom. (more...)

Transcendence Theatre Company Sets 2016 Broadway Under the Stars Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

Transcendence Theatre Company presents their 2016 Broadway Under the Stars season-spectacular outdoor Broadway concerts in Sonoma Wine Country-running June 17 through September 11 in Jack London State Historic Park (2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen, CA). (more...)

BWW Review: Bedlam's SAINT JOAN Is Candid And Fresh At Stark Naked Theatre
by Jenny Taylor Moodie - Jun 5, 2016

BWW Review: George Bernard Shaw's SAINT JOAN Is Honest And Immersive (more...)

The Annoyance Theatre NY to Present New Immersive Show DARK DOWN DEEP DOWN DARK In Brooklyn
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

The Annoyance Theatre NY has announced that it will open Dark Down Deep Down Dark: The Chilean Miner Experience with an all-Latino cast of Alise Morales (IFC, UCB), Will Martinez (UCB), Juan Nicolon (UCB, Flama), Taylor Gonzalez (DEADA$$), Michael Hernandez (My Privacy), and Milly Tamarez (UCB). Directed by Bowen Yang (Broad City, The Outs), and created by Rollie Williams (MTV, Annoyance). The show will have weekly Saturday night performances in June beginning June 4th, 2016. (more...)

BWW Review: Bursting the Dam of Loneliness in THE WEIR
by Brendan Daly - Jun 25, 2016

Four local men gather in a forgotten pub in a remote part of Ireland and attempt to impress an outsider, a young woman newly-arrived to the area, with their ghost stories, but she delivers a haunting story of loss that devastates them. (more...)

BWW Review: Eyles & Gould's AS LONG AS I HAVE MUSIC Album
by Jenny Ell - Jun 22, 2016

As Long As I Have Music is the debut album from both Rob Eyles and Robert Gould. It is a compilation of their music including numbers from their highly acclaimed musical A Pebble for Aaron (finalist for Stiles and Drewe's Mentorship Award) and their upcoming show The Wonderful Musician, based on the Grimm Brothers' fairy tale. (more...)

BWW Recap: THRONES Brings Death and Destruction in 'The Battle of the Bastards'
by Jessica Naftaly - Jun 20, 2016

We're just one episode away from the final episode of Season 6 of Game of Thrones and the penultimate episode entitled “The Battle of the Bastards” premiered last night. Despite what the promos had us believe, we got not one, but two battles this episode, and it was certainly an episode jam packed with death, gore, and violence. All three things we're quite used to on Thrones! Episode 9 of this show has become known amongst its viewers and creators as the big one. It's usually the episode where everything comes to fruition, The Climax of the series that has everyone cheering and applauding the show immediately after for its genius and shock. Last year we had “Hardhome,” which was a direct departure from the books and gave us death and destruction, only to have the Night King lift his arms and raised the dead. However, this episode, despite being totally epic in scale and stunning visually, lacked a certain complexity, integrity, and dimensionality that made episodes like “Blackwater” back in Season 2 so rich and exciting. “The Battle of the Bastards” was entertaining and a feat of direction, cinematography, and scale, for sure, but its predictability, cluttered circumstance, and ever so confusing character choices and motivations made the episode suffer as a whole.  (more...)

BWW Review: Indulge Your Inner Geek with Capital Fringe's THE GREATEST SCIENCE FICTION SHOW
by Benjamin Tomchik - Jul 8, 2016

We all have our inner geeks, so why not indulge them by taking in this delightful show at Capital Fringe. (more...)

This Weeks New Movies - 7/13/2016 - 7/15/2016
by BWW - Jul 10, 2016

Information, posters, descriptions of all the upcoming movies being released from 7/13/2016 - 7/15/2016! (more...)

Ravi Batra Shares Economic Trends and Reforms for 2016 in New Book
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2016

DALLAS, TX(Marketwired - Jan 6, 2016) - Ravi Batra, author of End Unemployment Now: How to Eliminate Joblessness, Debt and Poverty Despite Congress, has made a career out of making accurate forecasts. He claims an over 90 percent success rate in his predictions that seem to be borne out by what he has written in the past. For instance, in two books penned in 1978 and 1980, he foresaw the fall of Soviet communism before the end of the century, a forecast that earned him the medal of the Italian Senate in 1990. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: New Musicals at 54 Series - Jennifer Ashley Tepper Interviews Adam Gwon & Sarah Hammond About STRING
by Jennifer Ashley Tepper - Jan 5, 2016

New Musicals at 54 is a series presented by Feinstein's/ 54 Below Programming Director Jennifer Ashley Tepper. Some of the 10 new and diverse musicals by a selection of today's most talented writers have had out-of-town productions, some have had workshops... now's your chance to be first to see them in NYC! Join us at New Musicals at 54 for one-night-only concerts celebrating each new show with songs, behind-the-scenes stories, and all-star casts! (more...)

Film Society of Lincoln Center to Screen INDIGO GREY: THE PASSAGE, 2/13
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2016

INDIGO GREY: THE PASSAGE featuring Irish dance, martial arts, and score by EVANESCENCE'S AMY LEE will screen at Film Society of Lincoln Center.  (more...)

BWW Review: Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
by Keith Waits - Jan 26, 2016

PNC Broadway in Louisville fills the Kentucky Center this week with the current tour of the 1993 Broadway hit Beauty and the Beast, the stage version of the 1991 Disney animated movie. The opening night audience included many family groups who clearly were fans of the movie. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 1/25/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 25, 2016

Thus, we are happy to present one of our most popular features: The Nashville Theater Calendar, a comprehensive - maybe even exhaustive (lord knows we're exhausted from putting it together, gathering all the info from all over the interwebs!) - listing of theatrical openings for the 2016 season. We'll update the calendar every Monday, clearing out the shows that have closed and adding additional information on the shows still to come. (more...)

AMY LEE-Scored Dance Film INDIGO GREY: THE PASSAGE to Screen at Lincoln Center
by TV News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

INDIGO GREY: THE PASSAGE featuring Irish dance, martial arts, and score by EVANESCENCE'S AMY LEE will screen at Film Society of Lincoln Center (more...)

Photo Flash: AMY LEE-Scored Dance Film INDIGO GREY: THE PASSAGE
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

Indigo Grey: The Passage continues it's festival tour with a New York City premiere at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Saturday, February 13, at 8:00pm, as part of the Dance on Camera line-up for 2016. Check out photos from the film below! (more...)

BWW Review: BETTER GODS Soars at the Kennedy Center
by Keith Tittermary - Jan 11, 2016

The Washington National Opera has always been a champion for young artists, both on stage and off. The WNO's American Opera Initiative's premier production of Better Gods is a testimony to that. Composed with ethnical truth by Luna Pearl Woolf, Better Gods is a stirring portrait of a determined Queen who must decide whether she should give up her crown or her soul. (more...)

Pacific MusicWorks to Present VIVA VIVALDI, 2/28
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2016

Pacific MusicWorks (PMW) announces the third concert in their 2015-2016 Season, Viva Vivaldi. This springtime concert of some of Antonio Vivaldi's greatest pieces music will travel from Langley and Edmonds to Mercer Island and finally Seattle; the celebration features his most famous work, The Four Seasons, as the centerpiece. Viva Vivaldi spotlights various other pieces by this beloved Italian composer and offers audiences the opportunity to bath in some of the boldest and most beautiful music of the Baroque. (more...)

BWW Review: AUS Premiere of THE WHALE Gives Hungry Audiences Something New at Old Fitz Theatre
by Brodie Paparella - Feb 5, 2016

It would be best not to use the phrase 'whale of a time' when discussing the potential enjoyment of Red Line Productions' 'The Whale' showing at Old Fitz Theatre. Chiefly because puns do not usually denote a refined critic. Rest assured, this one's a good one. (more...)

BWW Review: Signature Theatre's ROAD SHOW Gets It Right
by Benjamin Tomchik - Feb 24, 2016

With Road Show, Signature Theatre once again proves why they are DC's leading interpreter of Stephen Sondheim's work. (more...)

New York Theatre Ballet Set for New York Live Arts Benefit Next Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2016

New York Theatre Ballet invites you to attend NYTB at New York Live Arts Benefit on February 27, 2016. (more...)

New York Theatre Ballet to Perform at New York Live Arts, 2/24-27
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2016

New York Theatre Ballet will perform at New York Live Arts from February 24-27, 2016.  New York Live Arts is located at 219 W. 19th Street, NYC. Performances: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30pm; and Saturday at 2pm and 7:30pm.  Tickets start at $15, and are available online at http://newyorklivearts.org/event/nytb_2016, by calling the Live Arts box office at 212.691.6500, or by visiting the box office, Monday-Saturday 1pm - 9pm and Sunday 1pm - 8pm.   (more...)

BWW Flashback: Stronger Than Before, ALLEGIANCE Ends Its Broadway Run Tonight
by BWW Special Coverage - Feb 14, 2016

ALLEGIANCE plays its final performance on Broadway today, February 14, 2016. Performances began at the Longacre Theatre on October 6, 2015, and the production officially opened on November 8, 2015. At the time of its closing, the musical will have played 37 previews and 113 regular performances, and will have been seen by approximately 120,000 people, a number that eerily echoes the number of Japanese Americans who were directly impacted by the events that inspired the show. Below, BroadwayWorld takes you back through ALLEGIANCE's journey to the Great White Way! (more...)

DEBO BAND Rocks NYC May 18 at Brooklyn Bowl
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2016

Debo Band raises the roof on the Ethiopian musical past, picking up where political upheaval of the 1970s and 1980s quenched the energy of one of East Africa's most prolific, vibrant scenes. (more...)

Houston Ballet to Present THE SLEEPING BEAUTY, 2/25-3/6
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2016

?From February 25 - March 6, 2016, in celebration of Artistic Director Emeritus Ben Stevenson's 80th birthday, Houston Ballet will revive his spectacular staging of The Sleeping Beauty. The ballet is a flagship work for the company and a piece that is recognized as one of the supreme achievements of classical ballet. The Sleeping Beauty is based on the classic French fairy tale by Charles Perrault: a beautiful princess is cursed by an evil fairy and doomed to sleep for 100 years - only to be awakened by the kiss of the handsome prince who loves her. Desmond Heeley's spectacular designs beautifully evoke the magic, drama and whimsy of this great work. Houston Ballet will give nine performances of The Sleeping Beauty at Wortham Theater Center in downtown Houston. Tickets may be purchased by calling 713 227 2787 or by visiting www.houstonballet.org. (more...)

BWW Reviews: YEAR OF THE FAMILY Surprises and Scandalises at King's Cross Theatre
by Brodie Paparella - Feb 11, 2016

Tooth and Sinew theatre company have once again shown their penchant for controversy and passion in their latest offering, an abstraction of renowned Scottish playwright Anthony Neilson's Year of the Family. When an audience member steps into the domestic environment of strangers, they always know they're in for an experience to push boundaries and transport into real introspection, which Ash Bell has pushed even further in her stage design. Ultimately, what audiences can expect is a humourously voyeuristic piece they can comfortably walk away from feeling better about their own trauma. (more...)

DEBO BAND to Release New Album 'Ere Gobez,' 5/20
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Debo Band raises the roof on the Ethiopian musical past, picking up where political upheaval of the 1970s and 1980s quenched the energy of one of East Africa's most prolific, vibrant scenes. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 2/1/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 1, 2016

Thus, we are happy to present one of our most popular features: The Nashville Theater Calendar, a comprehensive - maybe even exhaustive (lord knows we're exhausted from putting it together, gathering all the info from all over the interwebs!) - listing of theatrical openings for the 2015/16 season. We'll update the calendar every Monday, clearing out the shows that have closed and adding additional information on the shows still to come (more...)

LIBERA New Christmas Single 'Santa Will Find You' Garners Over 16 Million YouTube Views
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2015

LIBERA's 'Santa Wil Find You' the new single was released on November 20th and has in excess of 16 million YouTube views. (more...)

BWW Review: John Mulaney and Nick Kroll Provide a Night of Off-Beat Banter and Tuna-Based Pranks in OH, HELLO
by Kaitlin Milligan - Dec 11, 2015

 Comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney have brought their morally ambiguous characters of Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland to the Cherry Lane Theatre for a limited-run play. These caricatured New York-bred characters' over-the-top observations are just inappropriate enough to sustain laughter for 70 minutes of absurdity. (more...)

BWW Review: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF Sizzles at Round House
by Keith Tittermary - Apr 7, 2016

Brick, the fermenting favorite son in Tennessee Williams' masterpiece, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof says that there are two ways out of life: death and liquor. Brick is trying to escape his life with the latter, while Big Daddy is facing the first. Father and son are so far away from each other that when The Climax of the show occurs during the second act, you see the intersection between one who wants to live and one who wants to forget. (more...)

BWW REVIEW: The God Complex, Anat Gov's 'Oh, God' at Israeli Stage
by Justin J Sacramone - Apr 30, 2016

Stop me if you've heard this one before. God walks into a therapist's office and says he's depressed. The therapist asks "how long have you felt this way?" and God says, "something like...two thousand, two thousand five hundred years, give or take." "You've been depressed for two thousand years and only now you've come for therapy? What were you waiting for?" asks the therapist and God says "I thought time would heal." Sometimes, everyone needs a swift 90 minute session of cathartic therapy to unpack some problems festering for two thousand years. In Anat Gov's play "Oh, God," an earthly psychologist is chosen to have a session with the Big Guy about a 2000 year old itch. (more...)

BWW Review: THE YEATS PROJECT at IRISH CLASSICAL THEATRE
by Michael Rabice - Apr 22, 2016

Three of Buffalo's esteemed arts organizations have teamed together to present what is being called THE YEATS PROJECT: TWO PLAYS BY W.B. YEATS. This non-traditional event may best be described as a piece of performance art incorporating the talents of the Irish Classical Theatre, Lehrer Dance and Torn Space Theatre. The result, while occasionally beautiful to watch, was often perplexing in it's dramatic propulsion of Yeats' two stories. (more...)

BWW Review: THE GREAT FIRE TAKES YOU BACK HOME at Belvoir St Theatre
by Brodie Paparella - Apr 18, 2016

The Great Fire takes place in the all-too-familiar Australian disaster zone: mum and dad's place at Christmas. On an idyllic Adelaide Hills property, a family gathers to decide the next phase of their lives as part of the ever-gentrifying arts industry in this domestic drama written by Kit Brookman. This reviewer should declare that, having been born and raised in Adelaide and therefore aware of the artistic prowess of the Brookman family there, I may be somewhat biased in my familiarity for this piece. Nevertheless, we carry on. (more...)

BWW Reviews: MEMPHIS THE MUSICAL at The Woodlawn Theatre
by Kathy Strain - Apr 16, 2016

The Tony winning musical takes you on a journey of life, prejudices and racism that existed in Memphis in the 1950's. Loosely based on the true life story of Memphis DJ Dewy Phillips and written by David Bryan (music and lyrics) and Joe DiPietro (lyrics and book), the raw emotions of the storyline are felt strongly by the audience as portrayed by this outstanding cast. (more...)

BWW Review: THE BIRDS are flocking funny at Classical Theatre Company
by Brett Cullum - Apr 16, 2016

It's charmingly adolescent, and full of cock and pecker jokes which feature prominently in this lark of a piece. Who knew Greek comedy could be so broad and bawdy? (more...)

PODCAST: NYC Students Perform Their HAMILTON-Inspired Creations At The First #EduHam
by Michael Dale - Apr 14, 2016

More than just an afternoon at the theatre, #EduHam is a full curriculum inspiring students to look at history with a modern eye. (more...)

BWW Recap: SUPERGIRL Tries to Fight Myriad
by Nicole Ackman - Apr 11, 2016

This week's cliff-hanger episode of SUPERGIRL was the first part of The Climax the show has been working toward the whole season. Non and Indigo are using Myriad to control all of the people in National City and SUPERGIRL, with the help of Cat Grant and Maxwell Lord, must try to find a way to stop them. But when Max offers a dangerous solution, will Kara choose to risk people's lives or to keep fighting with hope? (more...)

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