Orlando Shakespeare Theater Stages SPAMALOT, Now thru 10/11
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2015

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF is pleased to present Monty Python's Spamalot from tonight, September 9, through October 11, 2015 in the Margeson Theater. (more...)

Roger Rees Public Memorial to be Held at New Amsterdam Theatre This Month
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2015

A memorial tribute will be held for Roger Rees, the legendary Tony Award-winning actor, and Tony Award nominated director, on Monday, September 21 at 1:00 PM at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 W 42nd Street, NYC), it was announced today.  Doors will open at 12:30 PM, with general admission seating available to the public.   (more...)

Roger Rees Public Memorial to Be Held Today at the New Amsterdam Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2015

A memorial tribute will be held for Roger Rees, the legendary Tony Award-winning actor, and Tony Award nominated director, today, September 21 at 1:00 PM at the New Amsterdam Theatre (214 W 42nd Street, NYC).  (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater to Present PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2015

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF is thrilled to present Peter and the Starcatcher from December 2, 2015 - January 3, 2016 in the Margeson Theater. Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the musical play is a wildly theatrical and innovative retelling of how a nameless orphan came to be The Boy Who Never Grew Up. Tickets to Peter and the Starcatcher are available now by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, visiting www.orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street). (more...)

Starz to Co-Produce Writer/Director Stephen Poliakoff's CLOSE TO THE ENEMY Original Miniseries
by TV News Desk - Sep 14, 2015

Starz today announced it has secured, via a deal with international distributor all3media International, the exclusive U.S. premium rights to, and will co-produce the six-episode original miniseries “Close to the Enemy,” (more...)

KC Rep's World Premiere of BLUEPRINTS Begins 10/16
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2015

Kansas City Repertory Theatre continues its 2015-16 season and its commitment to the creation of unforgettable new plays with the WORLD PREMIERE of Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin, written by and starring Michael Benjamin Washington and directed by the critically acclaimed Lucie Tiberghien. This story is more than relevant. It's riveting. Those who stand up for equality in 2015 are following in the footsteps of Bayard Rustin, the lesser known but powerfully influential civil rights leader who orchestrated the March on Washington and stepped forward himself as an openly gay man at a time when few had the courage to do so. In this ode, an exiled Rustin masterminds 'a tribute to the ancestors' 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This exciting production begins Friday, Oct. 16 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 15 at KC Rep's Copaken Stage in the Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. (more...)

New Repertory Theatre to Stage THE SNOW QUEEN This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Oct 28, 2015

New Repertory Theatre announces THE SNOW QUEEN, November 28- December 20, 2015 in the Charles Mosesian Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. The press opening will be Monday, November 30 at 7:30pm. (more...)

Casting, Directors Set for Orlando Shakespeare Theater's 2015 PlayFest This November
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2015

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF invites audiences to take a risk on new plays at PlayFest from November 5 - 8, 2015. (more...)

KC Rep's World Premiere of BLUEPRINTS Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2015

Kansas City Repertory Theatre continues its 2015-16 season and its commitment to the creation of unforgettable new plays with the WORLD PREMIERE of Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin, written by and starring Michael Benjamin Washington and directed by the critically acclaimed Lucie Tiberghien. This story is more than relevant. It's riveting. Those who stand up for equality in 2015 are following in the footsteps of Bayard Rustin, the lesser known but powerfully influential civil rights leader who orchestrated the March on Washington and stepped forward himself as an openly gay man at a time when few had the courage to do so. In this ode, an exiled Rustin masterminds 'a tribute to the ancestors' 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This exciting production begins tonight, Oct. 16 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 15 at KC Rep's Copaken Stage in the Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. (more...)

Hartt School's 'NICHOLAS NICKLEBY' Opens 11/3
by BWW News Desk - Oct 14, 2015

 Appropriate for its 18th year of existence, The Hartt School's Theatre Division has taken on a bold, boundary-pushing production incorporating talents from across disciplines and throughout the University of Hartford community. Opening November 3rd, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby is a Tony Award-winning play in two parts, presented over the course of six days, requiring three directors, many guest appearances, countless intricate costumes, and one towering set. (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Kicks Off 2015 PlayFest Today
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2015

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF invites audiences to take a risk on new plays at PlayFest this week, November 5 - 8, 2015. (more...)

Hartt School's 'NICHOLAS NICKLEBY' Opens Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2015

Appropriate for its 18th year of existence, The Hartt School's Theatre Division has taken on a bold, boundary-pushing production incorporating talents from across disciplines and throughout the University of Hartford community. Opening tonight, November 3rd, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby is a Tony Award-winning play in two parts, presented over the course of six days, requiring three directors, many guest appearances, countless intricate costumes, and one towering set. (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company to Stage World Premiere Adaptation of Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2015

Rubicon Theatre celebrates the holidays with the company's first presentation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, a World Premiere adaptation written by Producing Artistic Director Karyl Lynn Burns and directed by Brian McDonald. Rubicon's A Christmas Carol features a 24-member cast (the largest ensemble since the company's production of Fiddler on the Roof and the largest ever for a play). (more...)

Rubicon Theatre Company to Present World Premiere Adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2015

Rubicon Theatre celebrates the holidays with the company's first presentation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, a World Premiere adaptation written by Producing Artistic Director Karyl Lynn Burns and directed by Brian McDonald. Rubicon's A Christmas Carol features a 24-member cast (the largest ensemble since the company's production of Fiddler on the Roof and the largest ever for a play). (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Begins 12/2
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents Peter and the Starcatcher from December 2, 2015 - January 3, 2016 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the musical play is a wildly theatrical and innovative retelling of how a nameless orphan came to be The Boy Who Never Grew Up. Tickets to Peter and the Starcatcher are available now by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, visiting www.orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street). (more...)

Phil Tayler stars in Buyer & Cellar at the Lyric Stage, starting December 4
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2015

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Roger Rees Awards Announce 2016 NYC Student Nominees
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

The Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance (formerly the Gershwin Awards), has announced the 2015-2016 student performers who will compete for the title of Best Actress and Best Actor in a licensed high musical presented by high schools located in Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island and Westchester. (more...)

Photo Coverage: NYC High Schoolers Shine at the Roger Rees Awards!
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - May 23, 2016

The Broadway Education Alliance just presented The Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance (formerly the Gershwin Awards), yesterday The Beacon High School in Manhattan. This annual talent showcase featured 44 students representing 26 New York City metro area high schools competing for the coveted title of Best Actress and Best Actor in a musical. (more...)

2016 Roger Rees Awards Honor New York Students; Winners Announced!
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

The Broadway Education Alliance Inc. presented The Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance (formerly the Gershwin Awards) on Sunday, May 22 at The Beacon School in Manhattan. The two-hour showcase hosted by Tim Federle (co-writer of Tuck Everlasting) featured 35 students who had played leading roles at 26 high school located throughout the five boroughs of New York, Long Island and Westchester. (more...)

TUCK EVERLASTING's Tim Federle to Host The Roger Rees Awards; Chita Rivera to Present!
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

The Broadway Education Alliance has just announced that Tim Federle, co-book writer of TUCK EVERLASTING, will host The Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance (formerly the Gershwin Awards), which will be held on Sunday, May 22 at The Beacon High School in Manhattan. (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater to Screen WEST SIDE STORY in the Park This May
by BWW News Desk - Mar 30, 2016

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF invites Central Florida to its 4th Annual Free Movie Night in the Park on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 8:30 p.m. Presented in association with the Enzian Theater, the free screening of the 10 time Academy Award-winning film WEST SIDE STORY is open to the public. (more...)

National High School Musical Theatre Awards' New York Chapter Renamed for the Late Roger Rees
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2016

The Broadway Education Alliance, the fiscal sponsor for the Gershwin Awards, announced today that the program has been renamed The Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance-to celebrate the exceptional life and career-long artistic excellence of Broadway's beloved actor, Roger Rees. Formerly known as The Gershwin Awards, the 2015-2016 Roger Rees Award for Excellence in Student Performance will be held on Sunday, May 22 at the Beacon School in Manhattan. (more...)

CALL MY PUBLICIST Encore Set for York Theatre Company, 8/20
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2015

Get the inside scoop!  Due to popular demand, The York Theatre Company, as part of its acclaimed Developmental Readings Series, will present the return one-night performance of Call My Publicist! - The Starry Education of a Broadway Press Agent, written and performed by Joshua Ellis and directed by Gretchen Cryer, on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (Entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).  The reading is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5.00. (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater to Host 2015 Free Open House This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2015

Orlando Shakespeare Theater kicks off its 27th Season by welcoming the community to a Free Open House. (more...)

Roger Rees Memorial Set for September 21 at The New Amsterdam Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2015

A memorial celebration of his life, which will be open to the public, has now been set for Monday, September 21, 2015 at 1pm at The New Amsterdam Theatre, currently home to Disney's ALADDIN.  (more...)

Cal Shakes to Continue 41st Season with THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP, 8/12-9/6
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

California Shakespeare Theater continues its 2015 season with groundbreaking playwright Charles Ludlam's high-camp homage to the horror genre, The Mystery of Irma Vep. Directed by Jonathan Moscone in his final production as Cal Shakes Artistic Director, and featuring Danny Scheie and Liam Vincent, The Mystery of Irma Vep plays at the Bruns Amphitheater from August 12 through September 6. (more...)

Broadway Lights Will Dim Tonight in Memory of Roger Rees
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

The Broadway community mourns the loss of Tony Award - winning actor and Tony Award - nominated director, Roger Rees, who passed away last Friday at age 71. The marquees of Broadway theatres in New York will be dimmed in his memory tonight, July 15th, at exactly 7:45pm for one minute. (more...)

THEATER TALK to Re-Air 2012 Interview with Roger Rees This Week
by TV News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

THEATER TALK honors the late actor/director Roger Rees with an encore presentation of its 2012 interview featuring Rees and his husband, Rick Elice, discussing their three decades as life-partners, as well as their collaboration with Alex Timbers on the multi-Tony® winning play, Peter and the Starcatcher. (more...)

Photo Flash: Remembering Roger Rees- Part Two
by Walter McBride - Jul 13, 2015

As we previously reported, Roger Rees, the legendary, Tony Award-winning actor, and Tony Award nominated director, passed away last night at his home in New York City, after a brief journey with cancer. His husband,Rick Elice, and family and friends were at his side. (more...)

William Youmans to Star in Richard Gustin's New Play BEING SEEN at FringeNYC This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2015

BEING SEEN, a new play written by Richard Gustin, starring Broadway's William Youmans, will make its world premiere at The New York International Fringe Festival/Fringe NYC. BEING SEEN will be performed at Venue #12/The Underground (64 East 4th Street). (more...)

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, Christopher Durang's Broadway Smash Appears at Orlando Shakespeare Theater
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2016

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, Vanya is a comedy about two dysfunctional siblings and the wild weekend that unfolds when their famous sister returns with her hunky new boy toy. (more...)

Irvington Town Hall Theater Presents CABARET ON THE HUDSON
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

Cabaret on the Hudson Music Series Comes to the Irvington Town Hall Theater in February (more...)

John R. Hamilton Mock Trial Features Celebrity Judges and Orlando Shakespeare Theater Actors
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF will hold its 8th Annual John R. Hamilton Mock Trial on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center. This year Mother Nature will be put on trial for the havoc she's wrought on the characters in two of Shakespeare's productions, The Tempest and Pericles. (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Seeks Submissions for PlayFest 2016
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2016

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF is seeking new full-length plays that speak to the human condition in a fascinating and complicated contemporary world. (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater & UCF to Present THE ADVENTURES OF PERICLES, 2/24-3/26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2016

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents a modern verse translation of The Adventures of Pericles from February 24 - March 26, 2016 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Pirates and shipwrecks, combat tournaments, and murder plots set the stage for Shakespeare's romantic adventure, Pericles. Tickets to The Adventures of Pericles are available now by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, visiting www.orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street). (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater to Present THE TEMPEST
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents The Tempest from February 10 - March 27, 2016 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Magic, romance, and revenge set the stage for Shakespeare's late masterpiece, The Tempest. Tickets to The Tempest are available now by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, visiting www.orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street). (more...)

BWW Review: Orlando Shakes Rings in the New Year with Brilliantly Scripted DANCING LESSONS
by April Montgomery - Jan 11, 2016

Going to the theater is an intimate experience.  We are pulled out of our everyday lives and isolated realities to immerse ourselves collectively in a story.  We give over the reigns of control for a set amount of time and just absorb.  On rare occasions, we find a story that moves us so thoroughly that we see the world from a different perspective when we awake from the dreamlike state.  Mark St. Germain's latest masterpiece, DANCING LESSONS, is one of those compelling stories. It opened at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater this weekend with sold out performances. (more...)

WEST SIDE STORY to Launch Orlando Shakespeare Theater's 28th Season; Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 26, 2016

Artistic Director Jim Helsinger and Managing Director PJ Albert have announced the 10 productions that will comprise Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF's upcoming 2016-2017 Season. (more...)

BWW Review: THE TEMPEST Delivers a Wave of Top-Notch Talent at Orlando Shakespeare Theater
by April Montgomery - Feb 15, 2016

A tale of mysticism, betrayal, love and the ultimate choice. THE TEMPEST is arguably one of Shakespeare's most cohesive works, with its central plot all taking place on the same day in one location. The storyline is easier to follow than some of the Bard's earlier plays, which is brought to light by the acting and direction in the Orlando Shakespeare production that opened in Central Florida on Friday night. (more...)

Photo Flash: Rubicon Theatre Company Rings in the Holidays with New Adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2015

Rubicon Theatre celebrates the holidays with the company's first presentation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, a World Premiere adaptation written by Producing Artistic Director Karyl Lynn Burns and directed by Brian McDonald. Rubicon's A Christmas Carol features a 24-member cast (the largest ensemble since the company's production of Fiddler on the Roof and the largest ever for a play). (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater to Stage Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST
by BWW News Desk - Dec 7, 2015

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents The Tempest from February 10 - March 27, 2016 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Magic, romance, and revenge set the stage for Shakespeare's late masterpiece, The Tempest. Tickets to The Tempest are available now by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, visiting www.orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street). (more...)

Photo Flash: Spend the Holidays in Neverland! First Look at PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Orlando Shakespeare
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2015

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents PETER AND THE STARCATCHER now through January 3, 2016 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the musical play is a wildly theatrical and innovative retelling of how a nameless orphan came to be The Boy Who Never Grew Up. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater to Present THE ADVENTURES OF PERICLES
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2015

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents a modern verse translation of The Adventures of Pericles from February 24 - March 26, 2016 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Pirates and shipwrecks, combat tournaments, and murder plots set the stage for Shakespeare's romantic adventure, Pericles. Tickets to The Adventures of Pericles are available now by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, visiting www.orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street). (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater to Stage Mark St. Germain's DANCING LESSONS
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2015

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents Mark St. Germain's Dancing Lessons from January 6 - February 7, 2016. An unconventional romantic comedy about overcoming physical and emotional barriers, Dancing Lessons is directed by Cynthia White and features Orlando actors Steven Lane and Ginger Lee McDermott. Dancing Lessons will be presented in the Goldman Theater. Tickets are available now by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1, visiting www.orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street). (more...)

Jonathan Church to Take Over as Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2015

As announced earlier in the year, Andrew Upton's tenure as Artistic Director draws to a close at the end of 2015.  (more...)

Jonathan Church Named Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2015

Jonathan Church will succeed Andrew Upton as Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company (STC), it was announced today, 25 August 2015. The British artist has been Artistic Director of Chichester Festival Theatre since 2006 and is credited with completely transforming the much-loved UK institution. (more...)

Cal Shakes Continues 41st Season with THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2015

California Shakespeare Theater continues its 2015 season with groundbreaking playwright Charles Ludlam's high-camp homage to the horror genre, The Mystery of Irma Vep. Directed by Jonathan Moscone in his final production as Cal Shakes Artistic Director, and featuring Danny Scheie and Liam Vincent, The Mystery of Irma Vep plays at the Bruns Amphitheater from tonight, August 12 through September 6. (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Hosts 2015 Free Open House This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2015

Orlando Shakespeare Theater kicks off its 27th Season by welcoming the community to a Free Open House. (more...)

Full Cast Set for UK Premiere of Ayad Akhtar's THE INVISIBLE HAND at Tricycle Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

?Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, Indhu Rubasingham, today announces the full cast for the UK premiere of The Invisible Hand - a political thriller from Ayad Akhtar who won the Pulitzer Prize for his play Disgraced which ran at the Bush Theatre in 2013. (more...)

Ed Hoopman, Erica Spyres and Mark Pierre to Lead Lyric Stage's PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston's 2015-16 season closes with an acclaimed new play (partly inspired by the theatricality of Nicholas Nickleby) that uses ingenious stagecraft, the talents of a dozen of our favorite actors, and the limitless possibilities of your imagination to create theatrical magic. (more...)

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