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Based on the novel by Alice Walker and the Warner Brothers/Amblin Entertainment film

A teenager gives birth to two of her father's children and then is married off to a man who sought her sister. The man convinces the sisters' father to separate the two and makes sure they never communicate by intercepting letters between them. Abused and alone, the heroine struggles to find her identity and love.



Aaron Tveit to Star in Barrington Stage Company's COMPANY; Initial Season Casting Announced
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Michele Weathers, is proud to announce initial casting for the 2017 season. (more...)

Arielle Jacobs, JJ Caruncho, Shea Gomez and More Tapped for IN THE HEIGHTS at Virginia Rep; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

Virginia Repertory Theatre announces the opening of In the Heights on Friday June 23, 2017 at the November Theatre/Arenstein Stage, 114 West Broad Street. The show will run through July 30, 2017. Previews will run for two nights on Wednesday, June 21 and Thursday, June 22, 2017. (more...)

Groove with the 2017 Nominees! First Ever Tony Award Season Compilation Album Out This June
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2017

Tony Award Productions and Broadway Records have announced the first ever Tony Award Season compilation album to be released on CD and digitally at most major music retailers including Barnes & Noble and iTunes/Apple Music on June 9, 2017. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Chats with Tony-Winner Gabriel Ebert About MATILDA, GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM, More
by Theater People Podcast - May 8, 2017

On Monday, May 8 the Theater People podcast welcomes Tony Award winner Gabriel Ebert. Ebert is currently starring alongside Harvey Fierstein in the critically acclaimed gay history play Gently Down the Stream which was written by Martin Sherrman (BENT, THE BOY FROM OZ). Gently Down the Stream plays at the Martinson Theater at The Public Theater through May 21st. (more...)

Playwrights Horizons Offering $5 Lottery for BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Playwrights Horizons begins accepting entries today, Monday, May 8 at 12 Noon, for the LIVEforFIVE online lottery for $5 tickets to their world premiere production of BELLA: AN AMERICAN TALL TALE, a new musical with book, music and lyrics by Obie Award winner Kirsten Childs (The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin at Playwrights, Miracle Brothers). (more...)

Ensemble Theatre presents ANTIGONE (BORN AGAINST.) at Know Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati (ETC) is moving beyond the walls of its intimate theatre to stage a special presentation of the Greek tragedy Antigone for three performances only on May 17, 18, and 19 at 8:00 pm. Translated and adapted by 2016-2017 ETC Acting Apprentice Griff Bludworth, and directed by Ben Raanan, ANTIGONE (born against.) is a modern retelling of the defiant heroine. Due to the renovations of ETC's stage now underway, performances of this contemporized Greek story will be held at Know Theatre of Cincinnati and will feature ETC's 2016-2017 Professional Acting Apprentice Company. (more...)

Spectrum Responds To Pulse Nightclub Tragedy with (IM)PULSE
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2017

Spectrum Dance Theater closes out its progressive 2017 Season with a highly anticipated World Premiere titled (IM)PULSE, a two-part dance theater work that explores acts of violence perpetrated against the LGBTQ community in American society and how the minds of those attacked often respond in unexpected ways.  (more...)

Murney, Scatliffe, Mayes, Bowman, and More Come to Cape Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2017

The Great White Way comes to The Cape Playhouse this summer as TONY award winners and stars from Wicked, Mamma Mia, Veep, Les Miserables and Modern Family take the stage in a season of Tony, Olivier, and Drama Desk Award-winning shows. (more...)

Guy Lockard Joins Broadway Vets for BROADWAY AT W
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2017

Chicago's new hit concert series BROADWAY AT W welcomes Guy Lockard as special guest host on Monday, May 8th in the exquisite W Chicago- City Center Living Room. Lockard will lend his hosting and vocal talents for the concert beginning at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7pm. W Chicago- City Center 172 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603. (more...)

Julia Murney to Star in GYPSY at Cape Playhouse; Additional Star Casting Announced
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2017

The Great White Way comes to The Cape Playhouse this summer as TONY award winners and stars from Wicked, Mamma Mia, Veep, Les Miserables and Modern Family take the stage in a season of Tony, Olivier, and Drama Desk Award-winning shows. (more...)

Coming Up This Week in Theatre - 5/6/2017
by - May 6, 2017

BroadwayWorld.com's Upcoming Events calendar for the week - updated on 5/6/2017. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - May 6, 2017
by - May 6, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on May 6 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Alliance to Premiere Beloved Children's Story, THE DANCING GRANNY
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

The Alliance Theatre has announce its upcoming world premiere production, The Dancing Granny. Based on the children's book by Newbery Honor winner Ashley Bryan, The Dancing Granny comes to life with exciting music and movement in this family-friendly, one-act production, at three locations June 10 - July 16, 2017. (more...)

BWW Interview: Sherry Vine & Joey Arias Chat About the Evolution of Drag and Their Stripped-Down New Show at Feinstein's/54 Below
by Troy Frisby - May 5, 2017

Between the two of them, drag icons Sherry Vine and Joey Arias have more than 50 years of performing experience combined. Not only that, but their working relationship and enduring friendship began more than 20 years ago. Though they've toured with one another around the world over the years, it's been a few years since they've teamed up for a big show in New York, where they first met. Thankfully, the legendary divas will reunite onstage in the city for a new show at Feinstein's/54 Below, as part of Garth Schilling's (also known as Miss Vodka Stinger) drag-themed Thursday night series called LATE NIGHT DRAG. The run will also include Cacophony Daniels, Marti Gould Cummings, Varla Jean Merman, Ray DeForest, RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE star Alexis Michelle, and Miss Vodka Stinger herself with the Martha Rayes. Prior to Vine and Arias' show, the pair pressed pause on their first day of rehearsal to speak with us over the phone about their individual careers, more than two decades of collaboration, and reuniting onstage in the city that brought them together. (more...)

Stars of Paramount's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Sign on for BROADWAY AT W at W Chicago-City Center
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

The Stars of Paramount Theatre's newly mounted and vibrant production of Jesus Christ Superstar have signed on to perform for Broadway at W at W Chicago- City Center. (more...)

ASU Gammage 2017-2018 Broadway Season Tickets On Sale 5/15
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2017

ASU Gammage is thrilled to announce season tickets for its 2017-2018 Desert Schools Broadway Across America - Arizona season will be available for purchase starting May 15 at 10 a.m. (more...)


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VIDEO: Watch Marisha Wallace Lead THE COLOR PURPLE Concert Curtain Call
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 22, 2017

The British Theatre Academy presents a charity gala performance of The Color Purple to raise money for young performers who cannot afford to train in performing arts. Recent performances have included The Secret Garden at The Ambassadors Theatre and Godspell at St Pauls Church, Covent Garden. This concert features a line-up of West End performers alongside a choir of children from the BTA. (more...)

Charlotte Wakefield Boards UK Tour of CRAZY FOR YOU as 'Polly'
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2017

Jamie Wilson and Gavin Kalin have announced that Charlotte Wakefield will play 'Polly' in the national tour of the Watermill Theatre's acclaimed production of 'CRAZY FOR YOU'. Charlotte joins the previously announced Tom Chambers as 'Bobby' and Caroline Flack as 'Irene'. 'CRAZY FOR YOU' opens at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth on 17 August 2017. (more...)

Photo Flash: Marisha Wallace, Rachel John, Wendy Mae Brown and More in THE COLOR PURPLE in Concert
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2017

The Color Purple played in concert at the Cadogan Hall last night, directed and produced by Danielle Tarento, and co-produced by Matthew Chandler for the British Theatre Academy. BroadwayWorld has photos from the evening below! (more...)

Cynthia Erivo and Readers Respond to Glenn Close's Public Apology
by Alan Henry - May 20, 2017

Tony Award Winner Cynthia Erivo took to BroadwayWorld.com's Facebook page to respond to Glenn Close's public apology for missing a performance on Mother's Day due to illness.  (more...)

3-D Theatricals Presents Reimagined R&H Classic OKLAHOMA
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2017

Known for stylish award-winning productions and their signature flair for bringing to the stage thoughtfully reimagined interpretations of musical theatre spectaculars, 3-D Theatricals of Los Angeles and Orange County takes on Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!... with a new point of view. (more...)

WaterTower Theatre Announces Casting and Creative Details for NATIVE GARDENS
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director Joanie Schultz today announced casting and creative team details for the Regional Premiere of Karen Zacarias' Native Gardens, directed by David Lozano. Native Gardens will run June 2-25, 2017, in the Canterbury Family Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre. The cast features Stephanie Cleghorn Jasso as Tania Del Valle, Ivan Jasso as Pablo Del Valle, Lois Sonnier Hart as Virginia Butley, and John S. Davies as Frank Butley. (more...)

35mm: A Musical Exhibition Comes to The Other Palace Studio this Autumn
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2017

Award-winning composer Ryan Scott Oliver's musical inspired by renowned Broadway photographer Matthew Murphy's images comes to The Other Palace Studio for a limited two week run this autumn. (more...)

BWW Review: LOVE IN IDLENESS, Apollo Theatre
by Rona Kelly - May 19, 2017

The Menier Chocolate Factory is no stranger to transfers, both in the West End and beyond. The Color Purple notably made the jump, and now here's Trevor Nunn's Love in Idleness moving to the Apollo Theatre. But while the love is still palpable, there is a certain idleness to proceedings. (more...)

High School Drama: Siegel High's Spotlight Award-nominated CALEB MITCHELL
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 19, 2017

The role of Coalhouse Walker Jr. in the Lynn Ahrens-Stephen Flaherty-Terrance McNally musical Ragtime is one coveted by actors of all ages - not the least of whom is Siegel High School student Caleb Mitchell, who took on the challenge of bringing the character to life in his school's production of the show earlier this spring. And for his efforts, Mitchell was one of three finalists for The Spotlight Award, the culmination of the 2016-17 Nashville High School Music Theatre Awards. (more...)

Photo Coverage: GROUNDHOG DAY Celebrates Cast Recording Release with In-Store Appearance at Barnes and Noble
by Jennifer Broski - May 19, 2017

The Groundhog Day cast recording peeked its head out in public this week and the cast of the hit Broadway musical was on hand at Barnes and Noble this week to celebrate with a CD signing! See all the images from the event below! (more...)

Cast Complete for John Dewey-Led BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY at Bucks County Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

Full casting details for the smash summer musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story have been announced prior to runs at both Bucks County Playhouse and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsals for All-Star THE COLOR PURPLE in Concert
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

An all-star West End cast is taking part in a one night only concert version of The Color Purple at London's Cadogan Hall this Sunday, 21 May. (more...)

Photo Flash: Bryan Terrell Clark, Lora Lee Gayer and More Sing Bobby Cronin Tunes in #LOVEISLOVE
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2017

On Sunday, March 26th, award-winning composer/writer Bobby Cronin made an exciting return to the NYC concert stage in the exquisite W NY Times Square. As part of the new 'Live In The Living Room' series, brought to you by the producers of BROADWAY AT W, Cronin's concert titled #LOVE IS LOVE featured many of Broadway's favorite voices serenading the tunes of Cronin's catalogue. Scroll down for photos from the concert! (more...)

Delisfort, Harrington, and Sajous Join Upscale UPTOWN, a Cocktail Fundraiser
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

The Movement Theatre Company, a Harlem-based non-profit, will feature live entertainment from Broadway performer Christina Sajous (American Idiot, Holler If Ya Hear Me) and jazz pianist Willerm Delisfort (Willerm Delisfort Project), and food from chef Alycia Harrington (Houseman, Dirt Candy) at Upscale Uptown, a Cocktail Fundraiser on Monday May 22nd. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Celebrates Opening Night of VENUS
by Jennifer Broski - May 16, 2017

Signature Theatre presents Venus, written by Residency One playwright Suzan-Lori Parks and directed by Obie Award-winner Lear deBessonet. BroadwayWorld is taking you inside opening night below! (more...)

Prince Tribute Artist to Appear at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

The Purple Xperience band will be appearing at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, located at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, in the Bronx, Saturday, May 20th at 8:00 pm. (more...)

Kidz Theater to Perform 10th Anniversary Concert at Feinstein's/54 Below
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Feinstein's/54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Kidz Theater's 10th Anniversary Concert on Sunday, June 4th, hosted by Andrew Briedis (aka Annoying Actor Friend)  Join us for a KT retrospective celebrating ten years of consistently top-quality musical theater education in New York City.  (more...)

Photo Flash: HARVEY Hops His Way to the Court Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2017

Court Theatre, under the leadership of Marilyn F. Vitale Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, concludes the 2016-2017 Season with the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy Harvey by Mary Chase, directed by Devon De Mayo. Harvey runs May 11 - June 11, 2017 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue in Chicago. The Press Opening is Saturday, May 20 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

BWW Interview: Justin Sayre Discusses Bringing THE MEETING* to an End, Creating Queer Spaces, and What's Next For the Show's Creator
by Troy Frisby - May 13, 2017

Justin Sayre is calling the final editions of THE MEETING* to order. For eight seasons, over seven-and-a-half years, he has led the International Order of Sodomites---the IOS for short---as the Chairman of the "centuries-old organization promoting the lives and legacies of the LGBTQIA community." The final two shows of the acclaimed comedy/variety show, set for Sunday, May 14 at 7:00 and 9:30 pm at Joe's Pub, have long sold out. Yet they'll be broadcast online via Joe's Pub Livestream, with Sayre also taking over the Joe's Pub Instagram account that same day. Before he flew over from Los Angeles for those final shows, we spoke with Justin over the phone about what THE MEETING* has meant to him over the years, why it's time to call it quits, and what's next. (more...)

BWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with BROADWAY SONGBOOK's Erin Schwab
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - May 13, 2017

The Ordway's latest BROADWAY SONGBOOK features HOLLYWOOD TO BROADWAY and this edition of 6 Questions & a Plug features the delightful Erin Schwab, who shares some of her favorites and aspirations as the show begins a five performance run, May 14- 21. (more...)

Spend A Night With Broadway's Best at Wall Street Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2017

The curtain is going up on the historic Wall St Theater. The grand opening will begin with A Night of Broadway's a Best! (more...)

Heidi Blickenstaff and Emma Hunton to Reprise Roles in FREAKY FRIDAY at the Alley Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

The Alley Theatre announces the cast and creative team of its 2016-2017 season finale production - Disney's new musical Freaky Friday. (more...)

Ford Theatres Sets 2017 Summer Season with Inaugural IGNITE @ THE FORD! Series & More
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2017

The Ford Theatres today announced a spectacular season for Summer 2017 at the fully transformed John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. The 2017 season will open on Saturday, July 15 with a performance by famed tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover and runs through Monday, October 16. (more...)

Jennifer Hudson On Board as Coach for Fall 2017 Season of THE VOICE
by TV News Desk - May 11, 2017

Oscar, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Hudson will join Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as a coach on season 13 of NBC's three-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series THE VOICE. (more...)

Billy Porter to Perform, Chat Career & New Album at GRAMMY Museum
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

The GRAMMY Museum will welcome Billy Porter to the Clive Davis Theater on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 8:00pm for an intimate discussion on his distinguished career and latest album, followed by a special performance. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes MISS SAIGON's Breakout Star, Eva Noblezada
by Theater People Podcast - May 1, 2017

On Monday, May 1st Theater People podcast welcomes MISS SAIGON star Eva Noblezada. For the episode, Noblezada shares her story of being discovered by casting director Tara Rubin at the 2013 National High School Musical Theater Awards (AKA The Jimmy Awards) and being fast-tracked to audition for the West End revival of MISS SAIGON. (more...)

Jennifer Hudson Releases Remix Package for New Single 'Remember Me'
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

“Remember Me” is available now at all digital and streaming platforms worldwide. Watch Jennifer Hudson's performance of her new single “Remember Me”on Ellen. (more...)

Broadway Entertainers from Around the World Come Together For Broadway in the HOOD
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2017

From Broadway with Love: Honoring The Shoulders We Stand On, is a celebration unlike any other! (more...)

VIDEO: Heather Headley Sings Beautifully Chilling 'Hallelujah'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2017

Heather Headley recently joined the Vertical Church Band in concert. In a video posted to the band's Facebook, she performs a beautiful rendition of 'Hallelujah'. Check out the video below to hear the song in a whole new way. (more...)

Cynthia Erivo is One Oscar Away from EGOT Following Daytime Emmy Win
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2017

According to Goldderby, Cynthia Erivo won a Daytime Emmy yesterday, April 28th, which puts her only one award away from EGOT. The Daytime Emmy win came from a nomination of The Color Purple cast's performance on NBC's Today Show. Following the award for Best Musical Performance in a Daytime Program, Erivo needs only an Oscar to finish the coveted award acronym. (more...)

Photo Coverage: First Look at SRO's THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
by Jerri Shafer - Apr 29, 2017

SRO Theatre Company is proud to present the Central Ohio premiere of The Bridges of Madison County by Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman. Based on the best-selling novel, and developed by the Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning creative team of Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Songs for a New World) and Marsha Norman ('night Mother, The Color Purple, The Secret Garden), The Bridges of Madison County captures the lyrical expanse of America's heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question 'What if...?' Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations, this sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave audiences breathless. (more...)

Ed Hoopman, Maritza Bostic and Jared Troilo to Lead CAMELOT at Lyric Stage; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

A love triangle for the ages meets a new adaptation for today in Lerner & Loewe's CAMELOT at Lyric Stage. (more...)

Broadway Vets to Headline BROADWAY AT W at W Chicago - City Center This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2017

Broadway at W returns to W Chicago - City Center fresh off the heels of its successful Chicago launch last month, where it featured the cast members of Hamilton. (more...)

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