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Douglas Fairbanks Theatre (New York, NY)
432 West 42nd St. (between 9th & 10th Sts)
New York, NY
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MORE THAN THE RAINBOW to Open 13th Annual Coney Island Film Festival, 9/20; Full Lineup Announced
by Movies News Desk - Sep 9, 2013

The 13th annual installment of the Coney Island Film Festival (named one of the '25 Coolest Film Festivals' by MovieMaker Magazine) hits the shores of Coney Island from Friday, September 20th through Sunday, September 22nd. This year's festival features 88 films from around the world; a stunning array of high and low-brow fare, as diverse as the neighborhood it represents. Subjects range from the profound to the profane, showcasing the independent spirit and irreverent nature of the one and only Coney Island. (more...)

Naked Angels, The Amoralists and More Set for (NOT JUST) 3 NEW PLAYS, Now thru 9/29
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2013

Three New Playwrights (Allison Bressi, Executive Producer) has announced a lineup of 45 new works by more than 60 artists, as part of (not just) 3 New Plays, a month-long pop-up event hosted by Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street, Between Bowery & Second Avenue) today, September 8-29, 2013. (more...)

2013 Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition Set for Sideshows by the Seashore Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2013

Coney Island USA Presents: The 6th Annual Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition at Sideshows by the Seashore! (more...)

A.J. Shively, Meghann Fahy & More Set for (not just) 3 New Plays at Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory, Begin. Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2013

Three New Playwrights announced casting for killers by Kevin Armento, Shoot The Freak by Jaclyn Backhaus, and Eudaemonia by Jerry Lieblich, as part of (not just) 3 New Plays, a month-long pop-up event hosted by Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street, between Bowery & Second Avenue) September 8 - 29, 2013. (more...)

Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory to Host (not just) 3 New Plays, Today
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2013

Three New Playwrights (Allison Bressi, Executive Producer) announce (not just) 3 New Plays, a month-long pop-up event featuring new plays, comedy, poetry, art and music, will be hosted by Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street, between Bowery & Second Avenue) September 7 - 29, 2013. The event's cornerstone productions are KILLERS by Kevin Armento, directed by Stefanie Abel Horowitz; SHOOT The Freak by Jaclyn Backhaus, directed by Andrew Neisler; and EUDAEMONIA by Jerry Lieblich, directed by Marshall Pailet; the three world premiere plays will perform in repertory with other curated events. (more...)

Naked Angels, The Amoralists and More Set for (NOT JUST) 3 NEW PLAYS, 9/8-29
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2013

Three New Playwrights (Allison Bressi, Executive Producer) announced today a lineup of 45 new works by more than 60 artists, as part of (not just) 3 New Plays, a month-long pop-up event hosted by Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street, Between Bowery & Second Avenue) September 8-29, 2013. (more...)

Bill Condon & Henry Krieger Tease New SIDE SHOW Revival; Movie Musical Version, Too?
by Pat Cerasaro - Oct 31, 2013

Versatile screen director Bill Condon has set his sights on the stage following the international success of his stage-to-screen adaptation of DREAMGIRLS with another musical featuring a score by Henry Kreiger, that of the beloved late-'90s cult musical SIDE SHOW, written with Bill Russell and now preparing for an out-of-town tryout at the La Jolla Playhouse in a vastly revised and rewritten new version set to continue on to the Kennedy Center next year. (more...)

Crystal Grenade Releases Debut Album this Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 15, 2013

Manchester is a strange city; the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the world's most popular soccer team, and the Trades Union Congress, its musical legacy is unparalleled. Bands such as The Hollies, The Smiths, The Bee Gees and - of course - Joy Division have changed the world. To quote Morrissey out of context: 'Oh Manchester, so much to answer for'. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Costume Sketches and Renderings of Re-Imagined SIDE SHOW at La Jolla
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2013

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in association with La Jolla Playhouse, presents a re-imagining of Henry Krieger and Bill Russell's Side Show. Directed by Academy Award winning director Bill Condon, the musical plays at La Jolla Playhouse now through December 17 and will open at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater in spring 2014. The musical features book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Kriegerwho will revise the show before its debut at La Jolla. Check out some costume sketches by designer Paul Tazewell and renderings for some of the "freak" character special makeup effects by Dave and Lou Elsey below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Reinvented SIDE SHOW World Premieres at La Jolla Playhouse
by Don Grigware - Nov 19, 2013

Side Show/book & lyrics by Bill Russell/music by Henry Krieger/directed by Bill Condon/La Jolla Playhouse/through December 15 (more...)

Unscripted Series FREAKSHOW, SMALL TOWN SECURITY Premieres Tonight on AMC
by TV News Desk - May 6, 2014

AMC announced today that its unique and unexpected unscripted series “Freakshow” and “Small Town Security” will premiere new seasons TONIGHT, MAY 6. (more...)

Brooklyn Art Punk Duo Cinema Cinema to Release 3rd Album This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Cinema Cinema the full-throttle, experimentally-inclined rock duo from Brooklyn releases their third full length album A Night At The Fights on August 19 (more...)

CLOWN BAR Will Transfer to The Box, 6/14
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2014

After a critically acclaimed and extended run in 2013, Award-winning Pipeline Theatre Company will present an encore engagement of CLOWN BAR by Adam Szymkowicz, with music & additional lyrics by Adam Overett. Originally announced to return to its original venue, the production will instead transfer to longtime clown haunt The Box beginning June 14. Opening is slated for June 21. (more...)

Norm Lewis, Hugh Panaro, Alice Ripley and More Set for I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU: 54 SINGS SIDE SHOW Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2014

Lauren Kennedy, Norm Lewis, Jeff McCarthy, Hugh Panaro, Alice Ripley, The Skivvies and more will take part in 'I Will Never Leave You: 54 Sings Side Show' tonight, March 9, 2014 at 54 Below. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE ELEPHANT MAN from STAGEright Spotlights All Kinds of Freak Shows
by Jay Irwin - Mar 8, 2014

We all love to gawk at things different from what we call "normal". The internet is full of such things. Hell, one might even view our love of theater as such as it's a window into the lives of others. And that's the focus of Bernard Pomerance's stirring play, "The Elephant Man", as we view a freak show from all angles. And while STAGEright's production has some outstanding moments, at times it feels a little too ambitious for the company and the space. (more...)

BWW Reviews: University of Central Oklahoma Presents Oklahoma Premiere of SIDE SHOW
by Jay Prock - Mar 8, 2014

When I hear the words side show, I think of a carnival or a circus and all The Freaky, crazy attractions you'd see, such as the "bearded lady" or "strongest man" or "the girl with two heads." As the opening song of Side Show quickly gets to the point, "come look at The Freaks." Come to the Oklahoma Premier of Side Show and see all these dazzling freaks. (more...)

CHARLATAN Opens Tonight at Ars Nova
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2014

Ars Nova presents the world premiere of Charlatan, in a limited Off-Broadway engagement through Saturday, April 12 at Ars Nova (511 West 54th Street). Official Opening Night takes place tonight Monday, March 31 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

54 SINGS SIDE SHOW, Beth Leavel & More Set for 54 Below this Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2014

Coming up this week, 54 BELOW, the performance venue located just below the legendary Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond: (more...)

Elizabeth Alderfer, Eshan Bay and More Join Cast of DEBUTANTE. World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

Producer Robb Nanus (Andrew Lippa's I Am Harvey Milk) is pleased to announce the full cast for the world-premiere production of DEBUTANTE., written by Ryann Weir and directed/created by Annie Tippe. After a sold out presentation at Ars Nova's ANT Fest last June, DEBUTANTE. returns to New York City this spring at the Bernie Wohl Center (647 Columbus Avenue) starting April 23. (more...)

Ars Nova's CHARLATAN Begins Performances Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

Ars Nova presents the world premiere of Charlatan, in a limited Off-Broadway engagement, Tuesday, March 18 through Saturday, April 12 at Ars Nova (511 West 54th Street). Official Opening Night takes place Monday, March 31 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

Abrons Arts Center Presents BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Now thru 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

What do you get when a born freak, a former beauty queen, and an award-winning maverick director take on a classic romance? From today, March 13-­31, Abrons Art Center will present Beauty and the Beast, starring Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz, directed by Improbable's Phelim McDermott. Fraser, the consistently inventive, provocative and entertaining British disabled actor/writer and Muz, the Downtown NYC performance legend and former Miss Coney Island, breath complexity and life into the eponymous characters, weaving an adult fairytale like no other. (more...)

Abrons Arts Center Welcomes Julie Atlas Muz and Mat Fraser in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Now thru 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

What do you get when a born freak, a former beauty queen, and an award-winning maverick director take on a classic romance? From today, March 13-31, Abrons Art Center will present Beauty and the Beast, starring Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz, directed by Improbable's Phelim McDermott. (more...)

Abrons Arts Center to Present BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, 3/13-30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

What do you get when a born freak, a former beauty queen, and an award-winning maverick director take on a classic romance? From March 13­31, Abrons Art Center will present Beauty and the Beast, starring Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz, directed by Improbable's Phelim McDermott. Fraser, the consistently inventive, provocative and entertaining British disabled actor/writer and Muz, the Downtown NYC performance legend and former Miss Coney Island, breath complexity and life into the eponymous characters, weaving an adult fairytale like no other. (more...)

The Hollywood Fringe Announces 2014 Winners
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

The 2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival ended last night after crowning this year's award winners at the annual Award Ceremony and Closing Night Party. Over 600 people attended the event. (more...)

Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theatre Picks - NYC!
by Michael Dale - Jun 3, 2014

Summer in New York is traditionally a quiet time for Broadway, although the now-previewing Tupac Shakur musical, Holler If Ya Hear Me is certainly creating quite a buzz. Perennials like Shakespeare In The Park and the New York International Fringe Festival always draw mobs of playgoers looking for a great time, but everywhere you turn in this arts-crazy city there's somebody putting on a show. (more...)

CLOWN BAR Begins Performances this Weekend at The Box
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2014

After a critically acclaimed and extended run in 2013, Award-winning Pipeline Theatre Company will present an encore engagement of CLOWN BAR by Adam Szymkowicz, with music & additional lyrics by Adam Overett. It will be directed by Andrew Neisler. Originally announced to return to its original venue, the production will instead transfer to legendary clown haunt The Box beginning June 14. Opening is slated for June 21. (more...)

Alion Awarded $11.4M DTRA Contract to Enhance Integrated Set of Modeling and Simulation Tools for CBRNE Missions
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

Under the contract, Alion will make enhancements to the Force-on-Force Evaluation and Analysis of Key Performance Parameters (FREAK) toolset by modernizing and managing code and software development, software production and distribution. FREAK is a comprehensive solution that supports training, security analysis and investment decision support related to weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The system can accurately model the most challenging WMD situations. (more...)

Dr. Lucky's Surrealist Burlesque at Coney Island USA Set for 8/8
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

Surrealist Burlesque returns to the Coney Island USA Sideshow by the Seashore stage with its 6th incarnation of what has been hailed by the press as "Striptease meets Socrates" (Brooklyn Paper). This years' Surrealist Burlesque presents Flaming Creatures, a tribute to Jack Smith's ground-breaking work that pioneered experimental film-making and representations of gender fluidity in the early 1960s. Considered by many to be a founding father of performance art and an innovator of underground film, Jack Smith's film was officially deemed "obscene" by a New York Criminal Court. Flaming Creatures at Coney Island USA features stars of the art world and burlesque stage who have created acts in the spirit of Smith's queer, Utopic landscape. Starring Carmelita Tropicana, Dirty Martini, Dr. Lucky, Jennifer Miller, Jason Mejias, Julie Atlas Muz, and Poison Eve. With production numbers featuring the Dali Dancers. Video installation by Joe E. Jeffreys and Ves Pitts. Living Surrealist Object Sculptures by Jenny Pierce, featuring Tiny D, Zoe Ziegfeld, Lillian Bustle, Mia Julep, and Clara Coquette. Music by Velvet Crayon and DJ MomoTaro. (more...)

BWW Recap: SYTYCD Takes Trip to Broadway with ON THE TOWN, HEDWIG's Spencer Liff (Updated with Pictures & Special Announcement)
by Matt Tamanini - Jul 10, 2014

This week's SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE had a very Broadway feel to it with Josh Bergasse, the choreographer of the upcoming ON THE TOWN revival, staging a Top-20 routine to the show's anthem 'New York, New York' (the one by Bernstein, Comden, and Green, not Kander and Ebb). As we learned last week, this season's winner will earn a spot in the musical's ensemble. While some people, including @Actor_Friend, don't like this idea, remember, the last network show to give away roles on Broadway brought us Laura Osnes, so let's reserve judgment, just in case a reality show brings us more Broadway royalty this time. (more...)

CLOWN BAR Extends Through 8/23 at The Box
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Award-winning Pipeline Theatre Company announces the extension of its critically acclaimed production of CLOWN BAR by Adam Szymkowicz, with music & additional lyrics by Adam Overett. Directed by Andrew Neisler, performances will now run through August 23 at legendary clown haunt The Box. (more...)

Ars Nova Announces Cast for GAME PLAY, Running 1/29-2/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2014

Ars Nova kicks off 2014 with Game Play, this year's incarnation of Ars Nova's annual Play Group production. An evening of original short plays and live music inspired by classic board game titles, Game Play features Peter Benson, Marcia DeBonis, Dashiell Eaves, Brandon Gill, Ben Graney, Susan Heyward, Jessica Love and Carmen Zilles. This production plays 10 performances, January 29 - February 8. (more...)

Christopher Sieber, Linda Eder, Jeff Daniels, Beth Leavel and More Set for 54 Below, Feb-March 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

This February and March at 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond, including Christopher Sieber, Annaleigh Ashford, Randy Graff, Melinda Doolittle, Jeff Daniels, Linda Eder, Andrea McArdle, Sondheim Unplugged, Taboo: 10th Anniversary Reunion Concert, Beth Leavel, Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena. (more...)

Ars Nova Kicks Off 2014 With GAME PLAY Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2014

Ars Nova kicks off 2014 with Game Play, this year's incarnation of Ars Nova's annual Play Group production. An evening of original short plays and live music inspired by classic board game titles, Game Play features Peter Benson, Marcia DeBonis, Dashiell Eaves, Brandon Gill, Ben Graney, Susan Heyward, Jessica Love and Carmen Zilles. This production plays 10 performances, today, January 29 - February 8. (more...)

Ars Nova Kicks Off 2014 with GAME PLAY Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2014

Ars Nova kicks off 2014 with Game Play, this year's incarnation of Ars Nova's annual Play Group production. Game Play, set to play 10 performances from today, January 29 - February 8, features original short plays and live music inspired by classic board game titles (more...)

Abrons Arts Center to Welcome Julie Atlas Muz and Mat Fraser in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, 3/13-30
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2014

What do you get when a born freak, a former beauty queen, and an award-winning maverick director take on a classic romance? From March 13-31, Abrons Art Center will present Beauty and the Beast, starring Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz, directed by Improbable's Phelim McDermott. (more...)

HONEYMOON IN VEGAS Concert, Jeff Daniels, Judy Kaye, Beth Leavel & More Set for 54 Below in Coming Months
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2014

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

Tickets to CHARLATAN at Ars Nova Now On Sale
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2014

Ars Nova presents the world premiere of Charlatan, in a limited Off-Broadway engagement, Tuesday, March 18 through Saturday, April 12 at Ars Nova (511 West 54th Street). Official Opening Night takes place Monday, March 31 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

Norm Lewis, Hugh Panaro, Alice Ripley and More Set for I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU: 54 SINGS SIDE SHOW, 3/9
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2014

Lauren Kennedy, Norm Lewis, Jeff McCarthy, Hugh Panaro, Alice Ripley, The Skivvies and more will take part in 'I Will Never Leave You: 54 Sings Side Show' on March 9, 2014 at 54 Below. (more...)

Ars Nova to Present CHARLATAN, 3/18-4/12
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2014

Ars Nova presents the world premiere of Charlatan, in a limited Off-Broadway engagement, Tuesday, March 18 through Saturday, April 12 at Ars Nova (511 West 54th Street). Official Opening Night takes place Monday, March 31 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

MTV Orders Cyber Thriller EYE CANDY to Series; Victoria Justice to Star
by TV News Desk - Feb 11, 2014

MTV has put in a 10-episode order for their drama pilot EYE CANDY, starring Victory Justice. (more...)

Christopher Sieber, Linda Eder, Jeff Daniels, Beth Leavel and More Set for 54 Below, Feb-March 2014
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2014

This February and March at 54 BELOW presents an exciting lineup of the brightest talent from Broadway and beyond, including Christopher Sieber, Annaleigh Ashford, Randy Graff, Melinda Doolittle, Jeff Daniels, Linda Eder, Andrea McArdle, Sondheim Unplugged, Taboo: 10th Anniversary Reunion Concert, Beth Leavel, Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena. (more...)

Ars Nova to Kick Off 2014 with GAME PLAY, 1/29-2/8
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2013

Ars Nova kicks off 2014 with Game Play, this year's incarnation of Ars Nova's annual Play Group production. Game Play, set to play 10 performances from January 29 - February 8, features original short plays and live music inspired by classic board game titles. (more...)

Say Hello to the Freak Show! Photo and Video Roundup of Broadway-Bound SIDE SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

As BroadwayWorld reported earlier today, the much-talked about dazzling new production of SIDE SHOW will open on Broadway this fall at the St. James Theatre, it was announced today in New York City. It will be directed by Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Bill Condon (Chicago, Dreamgirls, Twilight: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2, Gods and Monsters), making his Broadway directorial debut in an exciting new staging of the musical. SIDE SHOW will begin previews on Tuesday, October 28 with an official Opening Night on Monday, November 17. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: New AMERICAN HORROR STORY Teaser
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2014

FX has released a new teaser for the upcoming season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW. This teaser features one of The Freaks, with the tagline, 'Want a taste of The Freak Show?' (more...)

Pipeline Theatre Company Announces Second Extension of Noir Comedy CLOWN BAR Thru 9/27
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2014

Award-winning Pipeline Theatre Company announces a 2nd extension of its wildly popular and critically acclaimed production of CLOWN BAR by Adam Szymkowicz, with music & additional lyrics by Adam Overett. It is directed by Andrew Neisler. Performances will now run through September 27 at The Box. (more...)

Pipeline's CLOWN BAR Will Return for Extended Run, 5/10-7/26
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2014

After a critically acclaimed and extended run in 2013, Award-winning Pipeline Theatre Company will present an encore engagement of CLOWN BAR by Adam Szymkowicz, with music & additional lyrics by Adam Overett. Staged in a Lower East Side 'dive' bar, this environmental production is directed by Andrew Neisler. Previews begin May 10 at Parkside Lounge with opening slated for June 6. (more...)

Ryann Weir and Annie Tippe's DEBUTANTE. World Premiere Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

Tonight, April 24, 2014, producer Robb Nanus (Andrew Lippa's I Am Harvey Milk) announces the opening of DEBUTANTE., a new play written by Ryann Weir and created and directed by Annie Tippe. (more...)

Elizabeth Alderfer, Eshan Bay and More Join Cast of DEBUTANTE. World Premiere, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

Producer Robb Nanus (Andrew Lippa's I Am Harvey Milk) presents the world-premiere production of DEBUTANTE., written by Ryann Weir and directed/created by Annie Tippe. After a sold out presentation at Ars Nova's ANT Fest last June, DEBUTANTE. returns to New York City this spring at the Bernie Wohl Center (647 Columbus Avenue) starting tonight, April 23. (more...)

Unscripted Series FREAKSHOW, SMALL TOWN SECURITY to Premiere on AMC 5/6
by TV News Desk - Apr 2, 2014

AMC announced today that its unique and unexpected unscripted series “Freakshow” and “Small Town Security” will premiere new seasons on TUESDAY, MAY 6 (more...)

CHARLATAN Opens Tonight at Ars Nova
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Ars Nova presents the world premiere of Charlatan, in a limited Off-Broadway engagement through Today, April 12 at Ars Nova (511 West 54th Street). Official Opening Night takes place tonight Monday, March 31 at 7:00 PM. (more...)

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