HAMILTON's Javier Munoz Nabs 'Sexy' New York Times Review
by Jessica Khan - Nov 30, 2015

Having landed the coveted job as Lin-Manuel Miranda's alternate in the title role of Broadway's HAMILTON once a week, Javier Muñoz is bringing his own -- apparently sexier -- interpretation to the part. The New York Times just re-reviewed the hit musical with commentary on Muñoz's performance. (more...)

Shakespeare Theatre Company to Launch 2015-16 Directors' Studio
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2015

In an effort to continue its vision to provide a training ground for the next generation of theatre artists, the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) has launched its first-ever Directors' Studio, a series of workshops and discussions designed to investigate the craft of theatrical direction created for local, early-career directors. By application, six directors have been selected for the 2015-2016 season's Directors' Studio: Catrin Rowenna Davies, Rick Hammerly, Lee Liebeskind, Carter Lowe, Angela Kay Pirko, and Jason Schlasfstein. (more...)

Broadway Publicist Josh Ellis, Eric Bentley's 100th Birthday & More Set for THEATER TALK This Week
by TV News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

An all-new episode of THEATER TALK features former Broadway publicist Josh Ellis on his one-man show, Call My Publicist! The Starry Education of A Broadway Press Agent, and an at-home interview with critic-performer-playwright- translator and writer Eric Bentley on the occasion of his 100th birthday. (more...)

Lexus & The Weinstein Company Reveal Winners of 3rd Short Films Series at Napa Valley Film Festival
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2015

Lexus and The Weinstein Company announced today the four winners of the third annual Lexus Short Films series at the Napa Valley Film Festival. (more...)

Architect Frank Gehry to Design Set for AY, CARMELA! West Coast Premiere This November
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2015

The Stella Adler Theatre is thrilled to present the West Coast Premiere of AY, CARMELA!, written by Jose Sanchis Sinisterra, adapted by Nilo Cruz and Catalina Botello, with Scenic Design by noted Architect Frank Gehry (his Los Angeles Intimate Theatre debut!) and directed by Alberto Arvelo.  (more...)

BWW Review: REAL LIFE ROCK is Critic's Magnum Opus
by John Walker Ross - May 3, 2016

When a culture critic is as prolific and well known as Greil Marcus, and has written books as revered as Mystery Train and Lipstick Traces, it's a mouthful to say any one book defines him (more...)

Dominique Levy Gallery to Present Chung Sang-Hwa Exhibition
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

Dominique Levy Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of Korean artist Chung Sang-Hwa (b. 1932). Presented jointly with Greene Naftali Gallery, New York, this first solo exhibition of Chung's work in the United States will span the artist's career, with a survey of Chung's work on view at Dominique Le?vy and recent paintings displayed at Greene Naftali. (more...)

Tony Winner Mel Brooks to Appear at Radio City Music Hall This September
by TV News Desk - May 16, 2016

The Madison Square Garden Company and Mills Entertainment announced today that Mel Brooks will take the Radio City Music Hall stage on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 7:30PM for an exclusive inside look at his storied career and the making of the legendary and groundbreaking movie Blazing Saddles. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: What Do the Critics Think of Social Media? Matt Windman Finds Out in Excerpt from THE CRITICS SAY...
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

In The Critics Say...: 57 Theater Reviewers in New York and Beyond Discuss Their Craft and Its Future, Matt Windman, theater critic of the newspaper amNewYork, interviews dozens of other theater critics about their backgrounds, how they go about evaluating different kinds of shows, and the enormous challenges that threaten the future of professional theater criticism. (more...)

BWW Review: Penumbra Theatre Presents Two Powerful One-Act Plays from the Black Arts Movement, THE DUTCHMAN and THE OWL ANSWERS
by Jill Schafer - Mar 9, 2016

In one of those strange theater-going coincidences, the night after I saw two one-act plays at the Guthrie, I attended opening night of Penumbra's presentation of two one-act plays. Both paired plays by different playwrights linked by a common theme. But unlike the theater comedies The Critic and THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND, THE DUTCHMAN and THE OWL ANSWERS are dense and meaty dramas dealing with heavy issues. They might not make you laugh (except, occasionally, uncomfortably), but they will definitely make you think. Written in the '60s as part of the Black Arts Movement, these plays take an unforgiving look at the racism, sexism, and classism of the day, that still have implications in today's world. A stellar ensemble cast and top-notch production design tie the two very different plays together and highlight the playwrights' messages. Though they are not easy to watch and I can't say I understood everything that was going on, I certainly came away with much to chew on, and a greater understanding of our shared history. Which is pretty much a given at Penumbra Theatre. (more...)

Parson's Nose to Close 16th Season with AS YOU WERE: STORIES AND SONGS FOR GIS IN WWII
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2016

Parson's Nose Theater (PNT), the acclaimed classical comedic theater company, concludes its 16th Season with As You Were: Stories and Songs for GIs in WWII. This 90-minute show is an original production from Artistic Director, Lance Davis, based on a 1943 "knapsack" book of American tales. (more...)

Amas Musical Theatre Honors Tony Winner Priscilla Lopez at Gala Benefit Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2016

Amas Musical Theatre, New York City's award-winning pioneer in diversity and multi-ethnic casting in the performing arts since 1968, celebrates its 47th Anniversary at a gala benefit tonight, Monday, March 28th, 2016 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center(East 25th Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues). Honorary Chair for the event is Tony Award winning actress, singer and dancer Donna McKechnie.  The master of ceremonies for the evening is noted theatre journalist Peter Filichia. (more...)

BWW Preview: SOMEWHERE BETWEEN Opens at Bongo After Hours 3/18
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 2, 2016

Somewhere Between - Cidny Williams' "one wo/man show" opens at Nashville's Bongo After Hours Theatre on March 18. Produced by Ken Bernstein, the Grammy-nominated musician's autobiographical show lifts the veil on love, death and gender through storytelling and song. (more...)

Comedy Central Renews "Inside Amy Schumer" for a Fifth Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2016

Comedy's leading lady, Amy Schumer, has extended her Peabody® and Emmy® Award-winning Comedy Central series, “Inside Amy Schumer” for a fifth season, it was announced today by Kent Alterman, President, Original Programming, Comedy Central. (more...)

Comedy Central Renews INSIDE AMY SCHUMER for Fifth Season
by TV News Desk - Jan 6, 2016

Comedy's leading lady, Amy Schumer, has extended her Peabody® and Emmy® Award-winning Comedy Central series, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER for a fifth season (more...)

Court Theatre Announces Cast of SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2016

Court's production of Satchmo will be part of a community-wide Louis Armstrong Festival, happening in partnership with The Beverly Arts Center, The Logan Center at the University of Chicago, The Promontory, South Shore Jazz Coalition, The Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Louis Armstrong Archives at Queens College New York. This community-wide festival will help audiences deepen their understanding of Armstrong's life through musical performances, historical exhibits, symposium, talk-backs and film. (more...)

HANGMEN Recoups in Under Six Weeks
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

Producers Robert Fox, Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions have revealed that Matthew Dunster's production of Martin McDonagh's Hangmen has recouped in under six weeks. The news comes as the production is announced the winner of the Critic's Circle 'Best New Play' and 'Best Design' Awards today. Following a sell out run at the Royal Court Theatre, Matthew Dunster's production of Martin McDonagh'sHangmen transferred to the West End for a strictly limited season in December and must end on 5 March. (more...)

Royal Court's HANGMEN Recoups West End Investment
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

Producers Robert Fox, Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions and Royal Court Theatre Productions have revealed that Matthew Dunster's production of Martin McDonagh's Hangmen has recouped in under six weeks. The news comes as the production is announced the winner of The Critic's Circle 'Best New Play' and 'Best Design' Awards today. Following a sell out run at the Royal Court Theatre, Matthew Dunster's production of Martin McDonagh's Hangmen transferred to the West End for a strictly limited season in December and must end on 5 March. (more...)

Court Theatre Extends SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

Due to overwhelming demand, Court Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, announces an extension to its critically-acclaimed production of Terry Teachout's Satchmo at the Waldorf, directed by Charles Newell and featuring Barry Shabaka Henley. Satchmo at the Waldorf now runs through February 14, 2016 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. Tickets can be purchased online at www.courttheatre.org or by calling the box office at (773) 753-4472. (more...)

THE CRITIC & THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND at Shakespeare Theatre Company - You Will Be in Stitches
by Charles Shubow - Jan 18, 2016

Artistic Director Michael Kahn truly proves a great director of comedy. (more...)

BWW Review: THE CRITIC and THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND a Glorious, Hilarious Romp at Shakespeare Theatre
by Andrew White - Jan 15, 2016

It's fitting that Shakespeare Theater's Artistic Director Michael Kahn has created an evening that bookends the pathetic theater critics of the 18th century with criticism in our own day.  His cracker-jack, double casting results in a fun evening with star turns-and slapstick routines-galore. (more...)

UPDATE: Erin Pike's THAT'SWHATSHESAID Performed With Revisions After Samuel French's Cease and Desist Order
by Michael Dale - Feb 8, 2016

The solo piece up of material from popular plays was ordered not to go on after a complaint from one of the playwrights. (more...)

Scoop: FRESH OFF THE BOAT on ABC - Tuesday, February 16, 2016
by TV Scoop - Feb 5, 2016

Get all the scoop on FRESH OFF THE BOAT, airing on ABC on Tuesday, February 16, 2016! (more...)

Mel Brooks Set for Q&A Following BLAZING SADDLES Screening at TOCAP
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

Join the incomparable Mel Brooks for an exclusive, inside look at his career and the making of the legendary and groundbreaking movie BLAZING SADDLES at the Fred Kavli Theatre, Saturday, March 19, 2015 at 7:30 pm. BLAZING SADDLES, considered one of the top comedy films of all time, will be presented on the big screen followed by a live conversation and audience Q&A with Brooks (more...)

The Chicago Mammals to Present CLAY CONTINENT: JEKYLL AND HYDE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 29, 2016

The Chicago Mammals remount their highly acclaimed production CLAY CONTINENT - JEKYLL AND HYDE. Inspired by the grotesque portraiture of Francis Bacon and the novel 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde', CLAY CONTINENT is an aural pageant of diabolical villainy constructed with excerpts of text from the stories of Robert Louis Stevenson, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, and Edgar Allen Poe. (more...)

by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Feb 29, 2016

Theatre criticism and the relationship to the show's creators gives a lot of food for thought in the Guthrie's combination of two one-act comedies, The Critic and THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND. (more...)

Kit Harington-starring DOCTOR FAUSTUS Announces Three-week Extension and Full Cast
by Marianka Swain - Feb 26, 2016

Due to unprecedented demand, the Jamie Lloyd Company's production of Doctor Faustus will extend its run at the Duke of York's Theatre by three weeks. Full casting has also been announced, with Jenna Russell taking the role of Mephistopheles. Jade Anouka (Wagner), Tom Edden (Good Angel), Danielle Flett (Valdes), Brian Gilligan (Cornelius), Forbes Masson (Lucifer), Craig Stein (Evil Angel) and ensemble member Gabby Wong join Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), who plays the title role. (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...)

Kate Winslet's Son Wants Her to Make Broadway Debut & Become an EGOT Winner
by TV News Desk - Feb 17, 2016

The talented actress revealed that her 12-year-old son Joe is urging her to take on the Great White Way so that she can earn a Tony Award and become a member of the esteemed club of EGOT winners.  (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...)

THE SECRET GARDEN, MACBETH & More Set for Shakespeare Theatre Company's 2016–17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2016

Following the successes of the first half of this season-from the multiple Helen Hayes Award nominations for Salome and Kiss Me, Kate, to The Critical acclaim of The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound-Artistic Director Michael Kahn announced today the Shakespeare Theatre Company's 2016-2017 season. Kahn has put together a season of new debuts of both artists and works, and one with innovative adaptations and classic tragedies that continue STC's mission to re-think, re-work, and re-introduce classic texts and themes to its contemporary D.C. audiences. (more...)

BWW Review: Washington Stage Guild vs. Critics in ST. NICHOLAS
by Roger Catlin - Feb 1, 2016

I was all ready and looking forward to the final installment of Back to Methuselah, the George Bernard Shaw epic that the Washington Stage Guild has been staging in chapters since 2014. But building the future, or more precisely, 'as far as thought can reach' proved too costly for the venerable D.C. group this year, so they put it off until next year, switching it with next season's planned revival of St.' Nicholas. (more...)

Funky Little Theater Company to Host 24SEVEN Theatre Project
by BWW News Desk - Dec 30, 2015

24SEVEN is a 24-hour theatre project in the ever-blossoming theatre scene in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The process entails enlisting SEVEN talented playwrights to create SEVEN brand new short plays within the allotted time the night before we produce them. (more...)

Shakespeare Theatre Company to Stage THE CRITIC AND THE REAL INSPECTOR
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2015

The Shakespeare Theatre Company presents a madcap night of life in the theatre with The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound, directed by STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn, and featuring an ensemble cast that takes on both shows. A coproduction with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, the production runs at STC's Lansburgh Theatre (450 7th Street NW) from January 5 through February 14. (more...)

Anna Andresen, Nick Barclay and More Join Louise Jameson in UK Tour of MOUSETRAP - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2015

Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap will continue its record-breaking, and first ever, UK tour into 2016. The beloved murder mystery will begin the 2016 leg of its tour at Nottingham Theatre Royal, where it originally opened in 1952, on 19 January (more...)

The Kennedy Center to Welcome Mel Brooks for Onstage Conversation
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2015

The Kennedy Center presents a hilarious conversation with 2009 Kennedy Center Honoree Mel Brooks, where the beloved comedian will be live on stage to share behind-the-scenes stories from his legendary career and life, after a screening of his groundbreaking movie Blazing Saddles. This outrageous masterpiece, considered one of the top comedy films of all time, will be presented on a big screen followed by a live conversation and audience-led Q&A with Brooks on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Tickets start at $65 and go on sale to Kennedy Center Members on Thursday, December 17, 2015 and to the general public on Friday, December 18, 2015. This special presentation is part of Capital One's sponsorship of Comedy at the Kennedy Center. A full schedule of events is available here. (more...)

Mel Brooks to Bring Story Behind BLAZING SADDLES to Thousand Oaks This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2015

Join the incomparable Mel Brooks for an exclusive, inside look at his storied career, and the making of the legendary and groundbreaking movie Blazing Saddles on Saturday, March 19 at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. This outrageous masterpiece, considered one of the top comedy films of all time, will be presented on the big screen followed by a live conversation and audience Q&A with Mel Brooks himself. (more...)

Segerstrom Center to Present MEL BROOKS...BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN! This March
by BWW News Desk - Dec 15, 2015

Join the incomparable Mel Brooks for an exclusive, inside look at his storied career, and the making of the legendary and groundbreaking movie Blazing Saddles on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3 p.m. in Segerstrom Hall. (more...)

BWW Review: KILL THE CRITIC - a Misguided Mess
by Frank Benge - Dec 14, 2015

KILL The Critic! by Todd Wallinger is a new period farce that had its second production here in Austin. Set in the fifties, it is a clever little script about an actor who kidnaps a critic to avoid another bad review. Unfortunately, this production by Stage Presence Players, had so much wrong with it that it is hard to know where to begin. (more...)

Christian Conn and More to Lead Michael Kahn-Helmed THE METROMANIACS at The Old Globe; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2015

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the West Coast premiere of THE METROMANIACS by supremely clever playwright David Ives (All in the Timing, Time Flies). This uproarious new 'translaptation' of a classic French farce, Alexis Piron's La Metromanie, will be directed by one of America's most renowned stage directors, Michael Kahn, presented in association with Shakespeare Theatre Company. (more...)

Tony Roberts Boards ABC's DIRTY DANCING Remake
by TV News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

Katey Sagal is the latest actor to sign on to ABC's upcoming three-hour reboot of DIRTY DANCING. (more...)

by Roger Catlin - Apr 4, 2016

One of the funnier political bits of the season was one Bill Maher did last fall on 'The King Trump Bible,' reinterpreting the text using the pithy phrases of crude frontrunner. (more...)

Former Jethro Tull Keyboardist Dee Palmer's 'The Orchestral Sgt Pepper' Reissued
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Gonzo Multimedia has reissued Dee Palmer's “The Orchestral Sgt Pepper”! From 1968 until 1980 she was arranger and, subsequently, keyboardist with the globally prestigious, seminal English rock group, Jethro Tull. (more...)

August Wilson's Boyhood Home To Be Renovated Into An Arts Center
by Michael Dale - Apr 28, 2016

The building where the great playwright spent the first thirteen years of his life had been in a state of ruin. (more...)

MUSIC CITY CONFIDENTIAL: What's This Week's Gossip?
by Jeffrey Ellis - Apr 26, 2016

At long last, Music City Confidential is back to help you get caught back on the talk of the town - all the news that's fit to print about the Nashville theater community - and to immerse you in the minutiae of life in Theater City (a term we've been trying to copyright since we were in junior high with Thespis, Aristophanes and Martha Wilkinson). (more...)

BWW Review: The New 'Chamber Musical' of GHOST is Nearly Awesome
by Marakay Rogers - Apr 24, 2016

One of the most loved films in history produced one of the most panned musicals around. The new, smaller version of the show is closer to the film and far easier to watch - and actually is worth watching (more...)

Palm Beach Dramaworks to Stage SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Palm Beach Dramaworks closes out its sixteenth season with Terry Teachout's funny and moving Satchmo at the Waldorf, in which the legendary Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong reminisces about and ruminates on his extraordinary life and career just months before his death in 1971. This production marks Teachout's debut as a director. Satchmo at the Waldorf opens at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre on May 13 and continues through June 12, with specially priced previews on May 11 and 12.   (more...)

Jon Lovitz Coming to Comedy Works South, 5/13-15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Emmy nominated, Jon Lovitz is one of the best-known names in comedy for his work over the past 30 years.  (more...)

Full 2016 Cincinnati Fringe Festival Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Know Theatre of Cincinnati wants you take a chance by picking a show, any show, at the 13th Annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival, running May 31-June 11, 2016. With 12 days full of of opportunities to catch 50 live productions, Visual Fringe art projects, musical guests, and the nightly Fringe Bar Series at Know Theatre (Fringe Headquarters), you'll find yourself lucky to have more to experience at Fringe this year than ever before. (more...)

Maggie Smith Receives Critics' Circle Award 2015 for Services to the Arts
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

Maggie Smith was presented with The Critics' Circle Award 2015 for Services to the Arts at a private lunch held at the National Liberal Club in London on March 31, receiving an engraved crystal rose bowl. The event hosted byJeffery Taylor, president of The Critics' Circle and Mark Shenton, chairman of the Drama section of The Critics' Circle.  (more...)

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