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Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II (New York, NY)
131 West 55th Street

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Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7:30pm
Wednesday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Saturday at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

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When Benjamin's first novel vaults him into literary stardom, his friend David, a struggling playwright, is thrilled for his newfound success...or is he? Should Benjamin help David by using his new connections? Can David even expect such favors from his friend? And, most importantly, who should pay for lunch?

VS. Theatre and Firefly Theater & Films to Present Revised Version of COMPLETENESS, 11/6-12/7
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2014

The award-winning companies VS. Theatre and Firefly Theater & Films are co-producing the West Coast Premiere of a newly revised version of Itamar Moses' COMPLETENESS. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Preview of INSIDE ACT: HOW TEN ACTORS MADE IT AND HOW YOU CAN TOO- with Gary Beach!
by Ken Womble - Sep 5, 2014

Why do some actors make it and others don't? Ken Womble sets out to find the answer to this question, one that has fascinated and tormented him for years, in his new book, INSIDE ACT: How Ten Actors Made it and How You Can Too (Hansen Publishing Group, 373 pages, $24.99). To celebrate the release, BroadwayWorld will be featuring chapter previews from the new book. Today, hear from Gary Beach! (more...)

Now in previews at The Public: THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE
by Contests - Broadway - Oct 6, 2014

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THE SANTALAND DIARES to Run 11/21-12/28 at Theater Wit
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2014

Fear not fans of subversive holiday entertainment. Theater Wit is re-gifting Chicago with its 11th annual production of The Santaland Diaries, based on David Sedaris' true comic tale of his hilarious stint as one of Santa's elves at Macy's Department Store. (more...)

BWW Review: Technical Wizardry Transforms the Streets of L.A. During HOPSCOTCH, a World Premiere Mobile Opera Experience
by Shari Barrett - Oct 26, 2015

HOPSCOTCH is a new mobile opera performed in limos on three different routes (Red, Yellow or Green) at various points in and near downtown Los Angeles, presented by the Industry, directed by the amazing Yuval Sharon and his incredible production team comprised of composers, singers, musicians, sound engineers, technical wizards, and an extensive support system, all of whom have created a theatrical experience that defies description and will blow your mind. (more...)

All Aboard - Meet the Full Cast of THE LAST SHIP, Setting Sail Tonight on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - Oct 26, 2014

THE LAST SHIP - the new musical with music and lyrics by 16-time Grammy Award-winner Sting and book by Tony Award winner John Logan and Pulitzer Prize-winner Brian Yorkey opens tonight, October 26. The Last Ship is directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello and choreographed by Olivier Award winner and Tony Award nominee Steven Hoggett. Scroll down to learn more about the full cast and watch the company onstage in a commercial for the show below! (more...)

Tom Hanks Pens Fiction Piece for The New Yorker
by Movies News Desk - Oct 21, 2014

The New Yorker has enlisted another Hollywood all-star. (more...)

VS. Theatre and Firefly Theater & Films Present Revised Version of COMPLETENESS, Now thru 12/7
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2014

The award-winning companies VS. Theatre and Firefly Theater & Films are co-producing the West Coast Premiere of a newly revised version of Itamar Moses' COMPLETENESS. The production will be directed by Philadelphia's multi-Barrymore Award-nominee and F. Otto Haas Award-winning director Matt Pfeiffer and will feature Steven Klein, Emily Swallow, Nicole Erb and Rob Nagle. COMPLETENESS will preview tonight, November 6 at 8pm and will open on Friday, November 7 at 8pm and will run through Sunday, December 7 at VS. Theatre, 5453 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. (more...)

THE SANTALAND DIARES Opens Tonight at Theater Wit
by BWW News Desk - Nov 21, 2014

Fear not fans of subversive holiday entertainment. Theater Wit is re-gifting Chicago with its 11th annual production of The Santaland Diaries, based on David Sedaris' true comic tale of his hilarious stint as one of Santa's elves at Macy's Department Store. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Damian Humbley On Christmas Show and FORBIDDEN BROADWAY!
by Carrie Dunn - Nov 20, 2014

We talk to the West End actor about the importance of musical theatre, Forbidden Broadway, and why he loves Christmas... (more...)

Theater Wit Extends BAD JEWS; Moves to Skokie Next Month
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2015

Theater Wit Artistic Director Jeremy Wechsler announced today a two-week extension of its smash hit Bad Jews, now running through June 21 at the company's home in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. Immediately after, Wit will transfer Bad Jews to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie's 318-seat space for a summer remount, June 26-July 19. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Diary of an Englishman in New York- Voting Myself out of Work
by Rufus Wright - May 26, 2015

Follow along as Wright takes us behind the scenes of The Audience's Broadway journey with 'Diary of an Englishman in New York'. Be sure to check back weekly for his latest installments! (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Diary of an Englishman in New York- Tearful British Actors Witness British General Election
by Rufus Wright - May 19, 2015

Follow along as Wright takes us behind the scenes of The Audience's Broadway journey with 'Diary of an Englishman in New York'. Be sure to check back weekly for his latest installments! (more...)

Legacy to Release Deluxe 3CD/1DVD Box Set 'The Highwaymen Live - American Outlaws'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

Legacy is proud to announce the upcoming release of The Highwaymen Live - American Outlaws, a deluxe new 3CD/1DVD (or 3CD/1 Blu-ray) box set of concert performancesincluding a previously unreleased complete concert on CD and DVD (or Blu-ray)from country music's legendary first 'supergroup,' on Friday, May 20. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Christian Hoff – From Child Actor to Midtown Man
by Heidi Scheuermann - Mar 26, 2015

Coming to New Orleans tomorrow night is an act that no JERSEY BOYS loving theatergoers, including myself, are going to want to miss! THE MIDTOWN MEN, four original cast members from the Broadway hit JERSEY BOYS (Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, J. Robert Spencer) have come together and have formed their own music group which brings to life the music of the 60's in what's sure to be an energy packed show. (more...)

Rumors Emerge of Another Possible ONE DIRECTION Exit
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2015

According to Eonline.com, after Zayn Malik announced via Facebook that he was leaving One Direction, it has been rumored that another band member may be leaving soon as well. (more...)

OFFICIAL!: Zayn Malik Leaving ONE DIRECTION
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2015

According to a post on One Direction's official Facebook page, band member Zayn Malik is officially leaving the group after five years. (more...)

Theater Wit Announces BAD JEWS Cast
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2015

Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago, has announced the cast and design team for its Chicago premiere of Joshua Harmon's Bad Jews, a smart, savage comedy about the holy and holier-than-thou, which closes Wit's 2014-15 season April 24-June 7, 2015. (more...)

BWW Interview: Danny Gardner Comes to Life as George M. Cohan in the NEW YORK SPECTACULAR
by Bob Rizzo - Jun 7, 2016

He made his mark on the New York stage in 2015 playing the Fred Astaire role in Lady, Be Good at City Center's Encores! This past season he made his Broadway debut as Lucky in the tap-happy revival of Dames At Sea. Now Danny Gardner shuffles onto the grand stage at Radio City making his debut in the New York Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes. As part of the principal cast, Danny joins eighty performers in this new show that celebrates New York City in the summertime. It's centered around the trip of a lifetime for two kids, who, while on a vacation in New York, are separated from their parents. The city magically comes to life and helps to reunite their family in the end. It's all directed and choreographed by Emmy Award-winner Mia Michaels, and is written by Drama Desk Award-winner Douglas Carter Beane. (more...)

AMERICAN PSYCHO's Benjamin Walker & Wife Kaya Scodelario Expecting 2nd Child
by TV News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

AMERICAN PSYCHO's Benjamin Walker took to Instagram today to announce the joyful news that he and wife Kaya Scodelario ('Skins') are expecting a second child. (more...)

Full Text of Tony Winners' Acceptance Speeches: Updating LIVE
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 7, 2015

As part of BroadwayWorld's expansive coverage of the 69th Annual Tony Awards, we are providing the full text of all of the 2015 Tony Award acceptance speeches; from the emotional to the bizarre, and everything in between. Keep up with all of the winners' speeches on our continuously updated list. (more...)

BWW Interview: Michael Falzon of SWING ON THIS! at Sydney Theatre Royal
by Brodie Paparella - Jun 6, 2016

He's played everyone, from Galileo Figaro in We Will Rock You, to the titular character of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He's also earned a stellar reputation both here and overseas a soloist in his own right. In fact it's hard to find anyone in the performance industry who doesn't admire the talent, work ethic and congeniality of Michael Falzon. I found myself thoroughly charmed in a chat with him about his brainchild Swing On This that has had more comebacks than Farnham! And with good reason as I discovered. (more...)

BWW Interview: Giles Taylor of QUEEN...IT'S A KINDA MAGIC! at Athenaeum Theatre
by Brodie Paparella - Jun 4, 2016

He would have been 70 this year, and people mourn his death as acutely today as they did when it was announced, so much so that the name Freddie has become exclusively synonymous to his memory as one of the most unique, boundary-pushing and talented singer/songwriters of all time. Accompanied by similarly legendary musicians who still perform under the name to this day (they're soon to conclude their European tour fronted by Adam Lambert), Queen are proven time and time again to still be audience favourites in everything from karaoke to musical theatre extravaganzas and tribute juggernauts. The latest of these to reach Australian Queen fans features the incredible Giles Taylor, who I was fortunate enough to connect with and discuss his excitement about returning Down Under. (more...)

Dion Coming to MPAC, 7/28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

 A pioneer of rock and roll, Hall of Fame artist Dion comes to Mayo Performing Arts Center on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 8 pm. Tickets are $59 - $99. (more...)

TONYA & NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA to Kick Off NYMF This July
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera gets its NY premiere as it kicks-off the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) this July. Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera has a concept, book and lyrics by Elizabeth Searle, music by Michael Teoli, and will be directed by David Alpert (If/ Then), with musical direction by Henry Aronson (Rock of Ages), and choreography by Marc Kimelman (A Bronx Tale). Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera will play at the PTC Performing Space (555 West 42nd St.) from July 9 - July 16, 2015. (more...)

Theater Wit's Extended BAD JEWS Moves to Skokie Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

Theater Wit transfers Bad Jews to the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie's 318-seat space for a summer remount, tonight, June 26-July 19. (more...)

TONYA & NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA Kicks Off Tonight at NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera gets its NY premiere as it kicks-off the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) this July. Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera has a concept, book and lyrics by Elizabeth Searle, music by Michael Teoli, and will be directed by David Alpert (If/ Then), with musical direction by Henry Aronson (Rock of Ages), and choreography by Marc Kimelman (A Bronx Tale). Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera will play at the PTC Performing Space (555 West 42nd St.) from tonight, July 9, through July 16, 2015. (more...)

Kokandy Productions Announces 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

Kokandy Productions is pleased to celebrate its fifth anniversary with an expanded season featuring four fully produced musicals, including two Chicago premieres and two guest directors. The 2017/18 Season will also include numerous readings and workshops - adding fresh voices to Kokandy's "New Works Initiative" and emphasizing the company's commitment to becoming an increasingly relevant part of Chicagoland's musical theater and new work development communities. The new season also marks Kokandy's transition to a not-for-profit organization. (more...)

Theater Wit's BAD JEWS to Transfer to the Royal George Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2015

Theater Wit has announced it will move the company's smash hit Chicago premiere of Bad Jews back to the city, after its current, virtually sold-out summer run at Skokie's North Shore Center for the Performing Arts closes on August 8. (more...)

BWW Blog: Eric Jackson of Transcendence Theatre Company's 'Broadway Under the Stars' - Celebrations
by Guest Blogger: Eric Jackson - Jul 10, 2015

July might have just begun, but let me tell you things are in full swing here in Sonoma, CA.  Just recently at Transcendence Theatre Company we started a new show, closed the first show with a bang, actively participated in volunteering opportunities, and joined in our local 4th of July celebrations.  But I'll let some of our Transcendence resident artists go into more detail about their personal favorite activities of these past well-lived days. (more...)

BWW Interview: Matthew Dailey Talks JERSEY BOYS
by Harmony Wheeler - Jan 19, 2016

BroadwayWorld San Francisco spoke with Matthew Dailey about his time on the road with 'Jersey Boys,' which opens Wednesday evening and plays through February 14 at SHN's Orpheum Theatre. Matthew plays Tommy DeVito, one of the original 'Four Seasons.' (more...)

Highlights in Jazz Concert Series Presents 43rd Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2015

Jack Kleinsinger's Highlights In Jazz, New York's longest running jazz concert series, kicks off its 43rd season on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at Borough Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, NY, 10007. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Long Island Theatre's STAR Shines Bright
by Brian Rivera - Jan 12, 2015

Companies like STAR find themselves drowning in a sea of a million and one LI amateur productions thrown together to make a quick buck. In contrast, STAR is adamant in their goal of being innovative with their respective approach to each show, while also creating an aesthetically pleasing theatrical escape for their spectators. (more...)

Highlights in Jazz Concert Series Kicks Off 43rd Season Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2015

Jack Kleinsinger's Highlights In Jazz, New York's longest running jazz concert series, kicks off its 43rd season tonight, February 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at Borough Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, NY, 10007. (more...)

Theater Wit Extends 'MR. BURNS' Through 3/22
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

Theater Wit announced today a three-week extension of the company's smash hit production of Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, Anne Washburn's comedy/drama/musical about a post-apocalyptic world comforted by memories of 'The Simpsons.' (more...)

BWW Interview: Tony Nominee Sarah Stiles Prepares to Get 'Squirrely' in Solo Cabaret Debut at Joe's Pub
by Tyler Peterson - Feb 1, 2016

Following her Tony-nominated performance in Broadway's HAND TO GOD, Sarah Stiles is about to get 'squirrely' at Joe's Pub. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Jim Ambler on WHITE CHRISTMAS at Hillbarn Theatre
by Harmony Wheeler - Dec 5, 2014

Hillbarn Theatre's White Christmas opens tonight, and we'll be there to cover, but before the curtain rises, we spoke with star and Bay Area native Jim Ambler, who plays Phil Davis in the show. (more...)

Collegiate Theatrics: Emma Jordan of Wright State University
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 2, 2014

Emma Jordan has been fated to live a life onstage. Growing up in her hometown of Dickson, she was acting on stages throughout Middle Tennessee, starring in shows at the Renaissance Center and appearing onstage at Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theater. Now a senior at Ohio's Wright State University in Dayton, where she's studying musical theater, Emma has her sights set on graduation next spring and an acting career thereafter. (more...)

Tony Shalhoub, John Cariani, Katrina Lenk and More to Lead THE BAND'S VISIT Premiere at Atlantic Theater Company
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

Atlantic Theater Company just announced casting for the world premiere musical The Band's Visit, directed by Lortel and Obie Award winner David Cromer and featuring a book by Drama Desk Award nominee Itamar Moses, an original score by three-time Tony Award nominee David Yazbekand choreography by Lee Sher. (more...)

Harrisburg Punk Band THE LEBOWSKIS Release First Full Length CD 'Tuesday Nights'
by Tory Gates - Aug 29, 2014

No apostrophe. No Dude. No references to the movie beyond the name. Together in various forms since 2004, the quartet has just released its first full-length CD, Tuesday Nights. (more...)

Theater Wit's BAD JEWS Transfers to the Royal George Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2015

Theater Wit moves the company's smash hit Chicago premiere of BAD JEWS back to the city, after its virtually sold-out summer run at Skokie's North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. Starting tonight, August 28, Wit's production of playwright Joshua Harmon's smart, funny new play about young Jews grappling with faith, family and identity will reopen at the Royal George Theatre, 1641 N. Halsted St., in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. (more...)

BWW Interview: 39 STEPS' Billy Carter on Off-Broadway's Revamped 'Little Golden Gem'
by Tyler Peterson - Aug 20, 2015

In honor of the show's return to New York this year, BroadwayWorld caught up with Carter, who recently wrapped a run in the West End musical I CAN'T SING! (opposite Cynthia Erivo,) to find out what he thought the made the piece 'a little golden gem,' how he found his footing in the dozens of characters he portrays, and more! (more...)

BWW Interview: Tom Jacobson Waxes Poetic on Theatre, Church & Playwriting
by Gil Kaan - Aug 15, 2016

Prolific playwright Tom Jacobson will have the world premiere of his latest theatrical work CAPTAIN OF THE BIBLE QUIZ TEAM opening August 27, 2016  (weekends only) through October 3, 2016.  This immersive piece (with the audience as the congregation) will be presented at venues to include the Lutheran Church of the Master, St. Matthew's Lutheran Church and Hollywood Lutheran Church.   (more...)

Tony Sheldon and More Join World Premiere of AMELIE at Berkeley Rep; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2015

Berkeley Rep has announced the full company for its 2015-16 season opener Amelie, A New Musical, starring award-winning actress Samantha Barks. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Diary of an Englishman in New York- Crossing the Road
by Rufus Wright - Apr 21, 2015

Follow along as Wright takes us behind the scenes of The Audience's Broadway journey with 'Diary of an Englishman in New York'. Be sure to check back weekly for his latest installments! (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Listen to 'Ready to Play/We Share Everything' from SIDE SHOW: ADDED ATTRACTIONS!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 21, 2015

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BWW Interview: Celebrate 30 Years of PERFECT CRIME with Record Holder Catherine Russell
by Marissa Sblendorio - Apr 20, 2016

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BWW Exclusive: Emily Padgett Discusses Life Post-SIDE SHOW; Plus Listen to Debut of 'Ready to Play/We Share Everything' from ADDED ATTRACTIONS!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 16, 2015

The critically acclaimed cast of the Broadway musical revival SIDE SHOW recently re-united at 54 BELOW, the famed performance venue in New York City. The concert performed included never-before-heard material such as cut songs, extended versions of familiar hits, and additional fun surprises for only those in attendance. This special once-in-a-lifetime LIVE event has been preserved on this brand new album as a fitting companion to the Original 2014 Broadway Cast Recording, also available from Broadway Records. You won't believe your ears... it will never leave you. The album, 'Side Show: Added Attractions', is et for a May 12 release. Click here to pre-order today. On May 11, the cast will return to 54 Below yet again to celebrate the release of the album, and Daisy herself, played by Emily Padgett, is already preparing for the big night. Below, BroadwayWorld catches up with Padgett on her post-SIde Show life. Read on for the full interview, plus, catch an exclsuive debut of 'Ready to Play/We Share Everything' from the new album! (more...)

BWW Interview: 6 Questions & a Plug with C.'s Bradley Greenwald
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Apr 15, 2016

The new triple threat may just be actor - singer- playwright. Bradley Greenwald is well known for acting and singing on stage, and now may be just as well known for his writing abilities. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Diary of an Englishman in New York- How long has it taken YOU to get to Broadway?
by Rufus Wright - Apr 14, 2015

Follow along as Wright takes us behind the scenes of The Audience's Broadway journey with 'Diary of an Englishman in New York'. Be sure to check back weekly for his latest installments! (more...)

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