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TI, Tank & More Set for Bounce TV's Black Music Month
by TV News Desk - May 29, 2014

Bounce TV (www.bouncetv.com) -- the nation's first-ever and fastest-growing broadcast television network designed for African American audiences - will celebrate Black Music Month in June (more...)

Sandra Bullock to Receive 'Decade of Hotness' Award at Spike TV's GUYS CHOICE
by TV News Desk - May 28, 2014

Spike TV has announced that it will crown Sandra Bullock with the 'Decade of Hotness' award, one of the night's highest honors, during the eighth annual 'Guys Choice' (more...)

Sarah Paulson, Garret Dillahunt, Elizabeth Reaser and More Star in Bay Street Theatre's CONVICTION World Premiere, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2014

Bay Street Theatre presents the World Premiere of CONVICTION (Today, May 27-June 15) by Carey Crim and directed by Scott Schwartz, Bay Street's new Artistic Director. The production is co-produced by Bay Street Theatre, Rubicon Theatre in California, Dead Posh Productions, London and Canada's Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Memphis - Week of 5/25/2014
by BWW - May 25, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/25/2014 for Memphis (more...)

California Shakespeare Theater Opens 40th Anniversary Season with A RAISIN IN THE SUN Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014

California Shakespeare Theater begins its 2014 season with one of the true trailblazing works in the American theater, A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Patricia McGregor. A Raisin in the Sun plays at the Bruns Amphitheater from tonight, May 21 through June 15. (more...)

LOVE IS IN YO FACE to Play Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Studio, 6/28-29
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2014

Love is in Yo Face is a gospel stage play written, directed and produced by Monie Jonezy. The production is told from the perspective of the Williams family; a God-fearing bunch. (more...)

THE LYONS to Run 5/30-6/22 at Circuit Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2014

In this dark comedy, Rita Lyons is The Matriarch of a family facing major crossroads. Her husband Ben is dying, her adult children are wrestling with their own secrets, and what's worse - she can't decide how to redecorate her living room! As they gather in Ben's hospital room to say goodbye, these four very isolated people, who are as afraid of closeness as they are of solitude, attempt human connection with hysterical results. 'A terrific gem. You can't stop laughing.' - The Associated Press (more...)

NTC Stages to Open AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, 3/13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2014

Tracy Letts' "August: Osage County," opening March 13 and directed by Tony Daniel, portrays a family attempting to support each other in a crisis. Three sisters and their significant others come home to be with their mother when their father disappears. They soon learn that he has committed suicide. (more...)

BWW Reviews: OTHER DESERT CITIES, The Old Vic, March 26 2014
by Adrian Bradley - Mar 28, 2014

Jon Robin Baitz's Pulitzer-nominated OTHER DESERT CITIES is the latest Broadway hit to transfer to the Old Vic under Kevin Spacey's soon-to-finish tenure. It's also the start of a season of plays being performed in-the-round for the first time since 2008. (more...)

BWW Reviews: CLYBOURNE PARK - A Pulitzer Prize View of Neighborhood Integration and Gentrification
by Roy Berko - Mar 27, 2014

Have you ever wondered, after seeing a play, what might have happened to the characters or even the physical structure in which the story is set, before the play began or after it ended? Bruce Norris's 'CLYBOURNE PARK' does exactly that. (more...)

RSC to Present First MIDSUMMER MISCHIEF FESTIVAL, June 14-July 12
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

Inspired by the original ethos and spirit of The Other Place under the leadership of Buzz Goodbody, and to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original building in 1974, the Royal Shakespeare Company presents the first Midsummer Mischief Festival, led by Deputy Artistic Director Erica Whyman. It runs 14 June - 12 July 2014. (more...)

OSF Opens WATER BY THE SPOONFUL Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will open Quiara Alegria Hudes's Water by the Spoonful, directed by Shishir Kurup, March 30 in the Thomas Theatre. Preview performances are tonight, March 26, March 28 and 29. (more...)

OSF to Present WATER BY THE SPOONFUL, Begin. 3/26
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival will open Quiara Alegria Hudes's Water by the Spoonful, directed by Shishir Kurup, March 30 in the Thomas Theatre. Preview performances are March 26, 28 and 29. (more...)

NTC Stages Opens AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

Tracy Letts' 'August: Osage County,' opening tonight, March 13 and directed by Tony Daniel, portrays a family attempting to support each other in a crisis. Three sisters and their significant others come home to be with their mother when their father disappears. They soon learn that he has committed suicide. (more...)

Three World Premieres, Including THE COUNTRY HOUSE with Blythe Danner, Set for MTC's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) have announced three world premiere productions for Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming 2014-2015 theatrical season. (more...)

Paul and JP Norden Chronicle Challenging Journey of Losing Leg at the Boston Marathon
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

Paul and JP Norden have partnered with writer David Smitherman to tell the story of their harrowing experience at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. The brothers were waiting with Paul's girlfriend, Jacqui, for a buddy to cross the finish line when the first explosion occurred just a few yards away. As they scrambled to help Jacqui to safety, the second bomb went off right beside them, exactly 12 seconds later. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA, King's Head Theatre, June 8 2014
by Gary Naylor - Jun 9, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a terrifyingly uncompromising play about women held away from their hopes, their dreams, their desires, distinguished by some brilliant acting and fine use of the venue's tiny, oppressive, space. (more...)

48 HOURS Takes Saturday Night in Viewers
by TV News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

An encore broadcast of 48 HOURS: “Relentless” was Saturday's #1 primetime program with viewers and adults 25-54, the demographic that matters most to those who advertise in news, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for June 21, 2014. (more...)

Marcia Milgrom Dodge to Helm Fall 2015 RAGTIME Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

BroadwayWorld has just learned that Phoenix Entertainment has on its agenda a touring revival of RAGTIME to commence in the Fall of 2015. It will be helmed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge, who received a Tony Nomination as Best Director for the 2009 Broadway revival. This new tour will be much in the spirit of that production which was nominated for 7 Tony Awards in 2010. (more...)

This Week's THEATER TALK to Feature Authors James Shapiro and Carolyn Quinn, 6/20 - 6/23
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2014

This week, THEATER TALK welcomes authors with two unique takes on American culture - James Shapiro, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, whose new book is Shakespeare in America, an anthology of writing about the Bard's impact on U.S. history; and Carolyn Quinn, author of Mama Rose's Turn: The True Story of America's Most Notorious Stage Mother, whose book illuminates the life of the character central to one of America's greatest musicals, Gypsy. (more...)

Daniel Sunjata, Eric Lange & More Join Blythe Danner in Broadway-Bound THE COUNTRY HOUSE; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) just announced complete Broadway casting for the world premiere co-production of THE COUNTRY HOUSE, the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - Second Season of A&E's WAHLBURGERS Returns This August!
by TV News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

In the new season of “Wahlburgers” Mark, Donnie, Paul and Alma are joined by an additional cast of characters, including Wahlberg brothers Arthur and Bob (more...)

'Bibi's Rainbow' Bridges the Cultural Divide for an Iranian Family in America
by BWW News Desk - Jan 31, 2014

Spanning four generations, Majid Amini's new novel 'Bibi's Rainbow' is an absorbing, honest and amusing story of the members of an extended immigrant Iranian family in Southern California who privately battle their painful pasts and resist assimilation into American culture. The Matriarch who emerges from Amini's imagination illuminates the importance of kindness, affection, community, unconditional love, tolerance and forgiveness, in her efforts to help them move forward, heal old wounds and make peace with their lives in America. Bibi's character is strong, passionate and clever. She uses her positive attitude and keen understanding of human nature-and an unending supply of homemade exotic and gourmet meals and desserts-to soothe and quell their discomfort, strengthen their relationships with their neighbors and community, and challenge the rigid ideals that their ancient culture has imposed. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Berkeley Rep's THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

Berkeley Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere of The House that will not Stand, a humorous and gripping historical drama commissioned from award- winning poet-playwright and Oakland native Marcus Gardley. Sensuous, witty, heartbreaking, and uplifting - The House that will not Stand unearths a story about free women of color in 1836 New Orleans, where black Creole women entered into common-law marriages with affluent white men. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Engeman's OTHER DESERT CITIES
by Melissa Giordano - Jan 29, 2014

Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities' is an emotion roller coaster. It is a heart wrenching story set around what is supposed to be a happy time of year and Richard T. Dolce's cast wonderfully delivers at the stunning John W. Engeman Theatre. Running through March 9th at the Northport venue, the play revolves around a prominent political Californian family. (more...)

Maltz Jupiter Theatre to Present OTHER DESERT CITIES, 2/16-3/2
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2014

What do you do when your adult daughter returns home for the holidays and announces she is about to publish a controversial memoir? Can you stop her? (more...)

Julius R. Nasso Productions Announces New Feature Film - The Christmas Pearl - Starring And Executive Produced By Whoopi Goldberg And Directed By Felix Alcala
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2014

NEW YORK, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/  Julius R. Nasso Productions has announced its latest project - The Christmas Pearl, based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name. Originally authored by Dorothea Benton Frank, with screenplay by Anne Rapp – best known for her work on This is Spinal Tap, He's Just Not That Into You, and The Green Hornet - this light-hearted, delightful holiday classic will be an entertaining film for the whole family. (more...)

BWW Review: Actors' Shakespeare Project's THE CHERRY ORCHARD Bears Fruit
by Nancy Grossman - Feb 24, 2014

Actors' Shakespeare Project mounts a lighter, accessible version of Anton Chekhov's final play in Founder's Hall at The Dane Estate at Pine Manor College in Brookline. Performing in the round in this stately, dramatic setting, the actors inhabit space and time in a way that allows their characters to emerge naturally, enhanced by the proximity of their audience (more...)

New Book 'Memories of the Heart' is Announced
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2014

Glen Allen, Va. (more...)

CRT to Present MAKING GOD LAUGH, 8/13-23
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2014

For the fifth show in their 43rd annual summer season, Cortland Repertory Theatre will present the regional premiere of the comedy "Making God Laugh", written by Sean Grennan. Performances will run from August 13 - 23 with evening performances at 7:30. Matinees are available on August 15, 17, 19 and 20 at 2:00 PM. Tickets may be purchased by calling 800-427-6160 or at the CRT Box Office at 24 Port Watson Street in Cortland. Tickets are also available for sale 24 hours a day through the CRT website at www.cortlandrep.org. (more...)

Sneak Peek - BRANDI & JARROD: MARRIED TO THE JOB & More Premiere on A&E
by TV News Desk - Aug 5, 2014

During the week of August 11th, A&E will premieres new series, 'Brandi & Jarrod: Married to the Job' and 'Cement Heads' while brand-new episodes of 'Storage Wars' and 'Wahlburgers' kick off their new seasons. Below check out episode descriptions and trailers! (more...)

E! Unveils New and Returning Fall Programming
by TV News Desk - Aug 19, 2014

Time to pull out those comfy knit sweaters and riding boots you've been missing all year long because E! brings viewers fresh new shows and specials, along with greatly anticipated returning series and much more this Fall. (more...)

Elizabeth Reaser Joins MCC Theater's THE MONEY SHOT; Performances Begin 9/4
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2014

Screen and stage star Elizabeth Reaser, best known for her performances in the blockbuster Twilight film franchise and her season-long arc on 'Grey's Anatomy,' will step into its upcoming production of The Money Shot for the departing Heather Graham, who exits the production due to a late-breaking opportunity to begin production on a passion project. (more...)

Behind The Scenes Of THE COUNTRY HOUSE With Blythe Danner
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 18, 2014

A new behind the scenes featurette discussing the new Broadway production of the Donald Margulies drama THE COUNTRY HOUSE starring multi-award-winning stage and screen star Blythe Danner is now available to view. (more...)

Absurd Comedy SORDID LIVES Kicks Off NTC's Fall Season, 8/28
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2014

Del Shores' 'Sordid Lives' opens August 28 and runs through September 7. Daniel is directing, assisted by Drew Turner. (more...)

Poster Unveiled For THE COUNTRY HOUSE Starring Blythe Danner
by Pat Cerasaro - Aug 16, 2014

An appealing poster for the new Broadway production of the Donald Margulies drama THE COUNTRY HOUSE starring multi-award-winning stage and screen star Blythe Danner is now available to view. (more...)

Up on the Marquee: THE COUNTRY HOUSE
by Walter McBride - Aug 15, 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club's New York premiere co-production of THE COUNTRY HOUSE, the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, will begin previews Tuesday, September 9 and open Thursday, October 2 at MTC's Samuel J. FriedmanTheatre (261 West 47th Street). THE COUNTRY HOUSE is produced in association with the Geffen Playhouse. Check out the marquee below! (more...)

MTC's THE COUNTRY HOUSE with Blythe Danner Begins Rehearsals Today
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

Manhattan Theatre Club's New York premiere co-production of THE COUNTRY HOUSE, the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan, begins rehearsals today. The limited engagement will begin previews Tuesday, September 9 and open Thursday, October 2 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). THE COUNTRY HOUSE is produced in association with the Geffen Playhouse. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Montana - Week of 4/06/2014
by BWW - Apr 6, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/06/2014 for Montana (more...)

BWW Reviews: ONCE WE LIVED HERE, King's Head Theatre, April 4 2014
by Gary Naylor - Apr 5, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a musical very much set in its location in terms of its plot, but not in terms of its staging. As generations of English cricketers have discovered, Australia is a hostile environment. (more...)

BWW DVD Reviews: Tyler Perry's MADEA'S NEIGHBORS FROM HELL Easily Entertains
by David Clarke - Apr 30, 2014

Everyone's favorite tough-as-nails Southern lady, Madea, is back in Tyler Perry's MADEA'S NEIGHBORS FROM HELL. Honestly, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from the filmed stage play. Whatever I was expecting, this DVD exceeded those expectations and proved to be a highly enjoyable and entertaining experience. (more...)

MRM Productions Present ECHOES OF ETTA at Joe's Pub, Kick-Off Show 6/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2014

MRM Productions is very proud to present the multi-award winning Echoes of Etta: A Tribute to Etta James, featuring William Blake and Michael Thomas Murray, back at Joe's Pub for the show's first residency. (more...)

Sierra Repertory Theatre to Present 'A SECOND HELPING,' 4/25-6/8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2014

After the thrilling success of last year's production of Church Basement Ladies, Sierra Repertory Theatre is bringing A Second Helping, The Church Basement Ladies Sequel to the Fallon House Theatre April 25 through June 8. (more...)

California Shakespeare Theater to Open 40th Anniversary Season with A RAISIN IN THE SUN, 5/21-6/15
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2014

California Shakespeare Theater begins its 2014 season with one of the true trailblazing works in the American theater, A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Patricia McGregor. A Raisin in the Sun plays at the Bruns Amphitheater from May 21 through June 15. (more...)

Sarah Paulson, Garret Dillahunt, Elizabeth Reaser and More to Star in Bay Street Theatre's CONVICTION World Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2014

Bay Street Theatre has announced the full cast and creative team for the World Premiere of CONVICTION (May 27-June 15) by Carey Crim and directed by Scott Schwartz, Bay Street's new Artistic Director. The production is co-produced by Bay Street Theatre, Rubicon Theatre in California, Dead Posh Productions, London and Canada's Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Montana - Week of 4/20/2014
by BWW - Apr 20, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/20/2014 for Montana (more...)

Wheeler Peavy Shares Family History in New Biography
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Drawing on oral tradition and 80 years of census records and archives, author Wheeler Peavy set out to document the paternal side of his family tree, starting with Liza (Webb) Peavy, The Matriarch of the Peavy clan, who worked on a 'white' Peavy plantation in Conecuh, Ala. His new book traces the lineage of the many black families brought to Grimes County about 1861 by some of the great pioneers of Texas, including George Stoneham, who brought the Peavy family West from Conecuh, Ala. (more...)

Sierra Repertory Theatre to Present 'A SECOND HELPING,' 4/25-6/8
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2014

After the thrilling success of last year's production of Church Basement Ladies, Sierra Repertory Theatre is bringing A Second Helping, The Church Basement Ladies Sequel to the Fallon House Theatre April 25 through June 8. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Montana - Week of 4/13/2014
by BWW - Apr 13, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/13/2014 for Montana (more...)

THE WHITE SNAKE, MR. BURNS, THE CRUCIBLE & More Set for Guthrie Theater's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Guthrie Director Joe Dowling today announced ten mainstage productions in his final season at the helm of the world renowned theater, culminating 20 years of remarkable leadership. The 2014-2015 lineup includes first-time Guthrie productions of plays by A.R. Gurney, Anne Washburn and Sarah Ruhl, three productions directed by Dowling, including a beloved Shakespeare comedy and iconic masterpieces by Arthur Miller and Sean O'Casey, the Guthrie debut of visionary writer and director Mary Zimmerman, as well as an all-American musical slated for summer. (more...)

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