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The Malachites to Present THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, 19 March - 19 April
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2014

Following the 5 star success of last summer's Titus Andronicus, Malachite Theatre returns to St Leonard's Church in the heart of Shoreditch, to tell Shakespeare's tale of love, loss and prejudice in The Merchant of Venice to celebrate the 450th anniversary of England's greatest playwright. (more...)

BWW Interview: Isaiah Johnson Stars in THE MUSIC MAN - IN CONCERT
by Marina Kennedy - Mar 7, 2014

Isaiah Johnson will play Harold Hill in 'The Music Man-In Concert' at Two Rivers Theater in Red Bank and New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. The special collaboration will feature an all African-American cast. (more...)

Julie Taymor Joins Drama Desk's 2014 Sardi's Luncheon Panel WHY SHAKESPEARE? WHY NOW?, 4/4
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2014

The Drama Desk's annual Spring Luncheon/Panel Discussion at Sardi's Eugenia Room, 234 West 44th St., on Friday, April 4, will try to answer the questions 'Why Shakespeare? Why Now?' with a distinguished lineup of guests, including actor Michael Pennington (who plays 'King Lear' at Theatre for a New Audience's new home in Brooklyn); Scott Shepherd (featured in Wooster Group's 'Cry, Trojans! Troilus and Cressida'); Julie Taymor ('Midsummer Night's Dream' at Theatre for a New Audience); and director Daniel Sullivan, whose acclaimed Shakespeare staging of 'The Comedy of Errors' enlivened last summer's Shakespeare in the Park season. Carol Rocamora, a renowned playwright/critic and educator, will serve as moderator. (more...)

Leanne Agmon, Jonathan Fielding, Rose Hemingway & More to Star in The Old Globe's TIME AND THE CONWAYS; Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2014

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the Globe's revival of J.B. Priestley's period classic Time and the Conways. Directed by Rebecca Taichman, Time and the Conways will run March 29 - May 4, 2014 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run March 29 - April 2. Opening night is Thursday, April 3 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE, or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. (more...)

Stark Naked Theatre to Round Out Third Season with Shakespeare's THE WINTER'S TALE, 5/2-16
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2014

Stark Naked Theatre Company concludes its third season with a compelling production of one of William Shakespeare's most fascinating plays, The Winter's Tale. Directed by acclaimed Houston actor/director Philip Lehl, The Winter's Tale opens on May 2nd and runs through May 16th at STUDIO 101. (more...)

WAKE UP with BroadwayWorld - Monday, March 31, 2014 - Galas Galore! Kristin Chenoweth, HEATHERS and More!
by Jessica Showers - Mar 31, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: Kristin Chenoweth will be honored at tonight's NCTF Gala, MCC is hosting its MISCAST celebration, and HEATHERS opens off-Broadway! (more...)

BWW Reviews: City Shakes Offers a Milder Version of THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
by Ellen Dostal - Mar 30, 2014

The young, relatively new, City Shakespeare Company is offering a 90-minute modern take on Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice now through April 12, but the well-intentioned effort produces mixed results. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Old Globe's TIME AND THE CONWAYS Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2014

The Old Globe presents a revival of J.B. Priestley's period classic Time and the Conways. Directed by Rebecca Taichman, Time and the Conways will run today, March 29 - May 4, 2014 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run March 29 - April 2. Opening night is Thursday, April 3 at 8:00 p.m. Get a first look at the cast below! (more...)

Neil LaBute's FAT PIG Runs 4/26-6/1 at Hudson Mainstage
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2014

Cow. Slob. Pig. How many insults can you tolerate before taking a stand to defend the woman you love? Neil LaBute's provocative comedy, Fat Pig opens April 26 at the Hudson Mainstage in Hollywood. The revival, directed by Alexis Jacknow, features new material not seen before in L.A. (more...)

City Shakespeare Company Opens THE MERCHANT OF VENICE with Red Carpet Masquerade Ball Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2014

The City Shakespeare Company is kicking off its 2014 season with a bash. The Santa Monica-based theater company is hosting a red carpet masquerade ball on opening night, tonight, March 27. (more...)

Oni Faida Lampley's TOUGH TITTY to Run 4/23-5/11 at Paradise Factory
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014

The New York premiere of the late award-winning playwright Oni Faida Lampley's play Tough Titty, a poignant and funny exploration of what comes next for a Brooklyn mother diagnosed with breast cancer, will be presented next month by actress/producer Ami Brabson (Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order: SVU, Damages) & her husband, Emmy and Obie Award-winning actor Andre Braugher (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order, Glory, City of Angels). Lydia Fort will direct. The play premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and made Lampley a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. (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...)

Marjorie Bradley Kellogg, Deborah M. Dryden & More to Receive 2014 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards
by BWW News Desk - Mar 25, 2014

Scenic designer, writer and professor, MARJORIE BRADLEY KELLOGG, and costume designer DEBORAH M. DRYDEN are among the 2014 TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards recipients. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Friday, May 2, at 6:30pm, at the Hudson Theatre (145 West 44th Street). Ms. Kellogg will receive the Robert L.B. Tobin Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatrical Design and Ms. Dryden was selected to receive the 2014 TDF/Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award for costume design. Ms. Kellogg's award will be presented to her by director Kenny Leon and Ms. Dryden's award will be presented to her by designer David Woolard. (more...)

Richard Thomas & Kristen Connolly Set for The Old Globe's OTHELLO
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

The Old Globe today announced two of the stars of Shakespeare's classic tragedy Othello, the first show of the Globe's 2014 Summer Shakespeare Festival. Making their Globe debuts are Emmy Award-winner Richard Thomas ('The Americans,' 'The Waltons') as Iago and Kristen Connolly ('House of Cards,' The Cabin in the Woods) as Desdemona. Both artists continue collaborations with Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein that began in New York: Thomas starred in Edelstein's critically acclaimed production of Timon of Athens at The Public Theater in 2011, and Connolly in three Shakespeare plays that Edelstein helped produce at The Public. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. (more...)

AMBI Pictures Appoints Julie Sultan to Run New International Sales Division
by Movies News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

Continuing their expansionary efforts, AMBI Pictures partners Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi have appointed industry sales and acquisitions veteran Julie Sultan to run the company's recently launched international sales division, AMBI Distribution Corp., as President of Worldwide Sales & Acquisitions. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of The Old Globe's TIME AND THE CONWAYS
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2014

The Old Globe presents a revival of J.B. Priestley's period classic Time and the Conways. Directed by Rebecca Taichman, Time and the Conways will run March 29 - May 4, 2014 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run March 29 - April 2. Opening night is Thursday, April 3 at 8:00 p.m. Get a first look at the cast below! (more...)

Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome! Meet the Full Cast of Roundabout's CABARET, Beginning Tomorrow on Broadway!
by Meet the Cast - Mar 20, 2014

Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Joe Masteroff, John Kander and Fred Ebb's Tony winning musical Cabaret, starring Tony Award-winner Alan Cumming and Golden Globe-winner Michelle Williams, begins previews tomorrow, Friday March 21. Cabaret officially opens on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street). This is a 24-week limited engagement. Scroll down to learn more about the full company, plus watch a TV spot for the production below! (more...)

New Faces of Shakespeare to Present RELATIONSHIPS: COMINGS AND GOINGS at Lewes Library, 3/31
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2014

New Faces of Shakespeare, an affiliate group of Possum Point Players, returns to the Lewes Library to present scenes from the works of the Bard, all following the theme of 'Relationships: Comings and Goings.' The Monday, March 31 performances began at 6:30 p.m., and are free and open to the public. (more...)

Welcome Moss Hart Back to Broadway - Meet the Full Cast of Lincoln Center's ACT ONE, Beginning Tomorrow!
by Meet the Cast - Mar 19, 2014

Lincoln Center Theater presents Act One, a play written and directed by James Lapine from the autobiography by Moss Hart. The production is scheduled to begin previews tomorrow night, March 20 and will open on Thursday, April 17 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65 Street). Scroll down to learn more about the full company, plus check out the latest TV spot for the production! (more...)

Mischa Barton Cast in Crime Thriller HOPE LOST
by Movies News Desk - Mar 14, 2014

AMBI Pictures announced that Danny Trejo , Mischa Barton, Michael Madsen and Daniel Baldwin have signed on to star in the crime thriller “Hope Lost.” (more...)

City Shakespeare Company to Open THE MERCHANT OF VENICE with Red Carpet Masquerade Ball, 3/27
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

The City Shakespeare Company is kicking off its 2014 season with a bash. The Santa Monica-based theater company is hosting a red carpet masquerade ball on opening night, Thursday, March 27. (more...)

A.R.T.'s Re-Imagined Production of THE TEMPEST Will Now Play Smith Center Through 4/27
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts has now added a third and final week of performances for the world premiere of THE TEMPEST, which will now play April 6-27, with special preview performances April 1-4. The opening night celebration will take place on Saturday, April 5. Produced in association with the American Reparatory Theater (A.R.T.), THE TEMPEST is adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller from the play by William Shakespeare, with magic by Teller, music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan and movement by Matt Kent of Pilobolus. THE TEMPEST will perform at The Smith Center's Donald W. Reynolds Symphony Park in a 500-seat climate-controlled tent. Tickets start at $35 for regular performances and $25 for preview performances. Tickets for the opening night celebration are $150 and include an exclusive post-show reception. All tickets are on sale now at The Smith Center box office, online at www.TheSmithCenter.com or by phone at (702) 749-2000. (more...)

Full Cast and Creatives Announced for Yale Rep's THESE PAPER BULLETS!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

YALE REPERTORY THEATRE presents the world premiere of THESE PAPER BULLETS!, a modish ripoff of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, adapted by Rolin Jones, with songs by Billie Joe Armstrong, and directed by Jackson Gay, March 14-April 5 at the University Theatre (222 York Street). Opening Night is Thursday, March 20. (more...)

Sinead Cusack and Clare Higgins Star in OTHER DESERT CITIES at The Old Vic, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

Sinead Cusack and Clare Higgins are to play sisters Polly Wyeth and Silda Grauman respectively, in The Old Vic's UK premiere of Jon Robin Baitz's acclaimed play, Other Desert Cities, directed by Lindsay Posner. Further casting will be announced shortly. (more...)

Isaiah Johnson and Stephanie Umoh Star in THE MUSIC MAN: IN CONCERT at Two River Theater and NJPAC, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2014

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (President and CEO John Schreiber) and Two River Theater (Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst) announced today the full cast of Meredith Willson's The Music Man, a concert version of the classic Tony Award-winning musical, directed by Obie Award-winner Robert O'Hara, with music direction by Kenny J. Seymour. America's favorite musical about big brass bands and small-town spirit will be performed by an African-American cast. The River City, Iowa setting will be based on historical accounts of black communities established during the Great Migration as former slaves moved across the U.S. following the Civil War. (more...)

Tom Nelis to Star in, Aaron Posner and Teller to Direct A.R.T.'s THE TEMPEST; Cast & Creatives Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Diane Paulus, Artistic Director and William Russo, Managing Director; announced today the company for the last production of its 2013/14 Season, THE TEMPEST, adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller from the play by William Shakespeare, with magic by Teller, music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, and movement by Matt Kent of Pilobolus. (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...)

Berkeley Rep to Stage Nina Raine's TRIBES, Begin. 4/11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

Berkeley Repertory Theatre continues the second half of its season with Tribes, a sophisticated and moving family drama by celebrated British playwright Nina Raine. Her profound and powerful new play became an award-winning hit in London and New York. Now renowned director Jonathan Moscone brings it to Berkeley Rep this April for its Bay Area premiere. Tribes follows Billy, a young man who was born deaf into a loquacious and highly opinionated academic family who raised him to lip-read and integrate into the hearing world. When he meets Sylvia - raised by Deaf parents and going deaf herself - Billy decides it's time to speak on his own terms and to be heard. Playing out in words, sign language, and sometimes mesmerizing silence, this penetrating drama examines familial love, notions of belonging, and the intersections of communication. Tribes start previews Friday, April 11, opens on April 16, and closes on Sunday, May 11, 2014. (more...)

Roger Rees to Return to The Old Globe for WHAT YOU WILL, 4/28; Artistic Director Barry Edelstein to Lead THINKING SHAKESPEARE LIVE!, 5/3
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

The Old Globe today announced it will present two Shakespeare-themed events. On Monday, April 28 at 7:00 p.m., Tony Award winner Roger Rees will return to the Globe for a one-night-only engagement of What You Will, his hysterical (and somewhat historical) 90-minute gallop through the world of Shakespeare. On Saturday, May 3 at 11:00 a.m., Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein will offer an encore of Thinking Shakespeare Live!, his 90-minute exploration of the language of Shakespeare. This fast-paced, funny, and altogether fascinating program based on Edelstein's book, Thinking Shakespeare: A How-To Guide for Student Actors, Directors, and Anyone Else Who Wants to Feel More Comfortable with the Bard, reveals a performer's approach to Shakespearean language so audiences may easily understand the poetry of the Bard. (more...)

Olivier Nominee Gabrielle Joins Cast Of CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

Barry James, Josefina Gabrielle, Richard Dempsey and Kirsty Malpass will join the previously announced Alex Jennings (Willy Wonka) in the cast of the record-breaking West End production of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (more...)

Bainbridge Chorale & Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra to Perform VERDI'S REQUIEM, 4/12-13
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

The Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra and the Bainbridge Chorale team up in an historic collaboration this spring. Maestro Michael Austin Miller, Music Director of the Bainbridge Chorale, will lead the combined orchestra and choir in Ralph Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music. Next, Maestro Wesley Schulz of the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra will take the baton to lead members of these two incredible musical organizations in Giuseppe Verdi's monumental Requiem. (more...)

Richard Dreyfuss On Trial As Shylock
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2014

LOS ANGELES, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/  Academy Award Winning Actor Richard Dreyfuss joins forces with The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and American Legion Post 8 to present the classic 'pound of flesh' trial scene from The Merchant of Venice, in celebration of William Shakespeare's 450 th Birthday, on April 23 rd, at 7pm, at Patriotic Hall, located at 2615 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90007.  Lawyers attending the trial scene and post-reading panel discussion may earn one credit toward their Mandatory Continuing Legal Education. (more...)

Meet the Broadway Class of 2014- Spring Edition!
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 6, 2014

With Broadway's 2014 season now in full swing, there's a solid group of performers making their Broadway debuts this Spring. Meet all of the Great White Way's newest stars below, and be sure to let us know who you're most looking forward to seeing onstage! (more...)

Julie Taymor Joins Drama Desk's 2014 Sardi's Luncheon Panel WHY SHAKESPEARE? WHY NOW?, Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

The Drama Desk's annual Spring Luncheon/Panel Discussion at Sardi's Eugenia Room, 234 West 44th St., today, April 4, will try to answer the questions 'Why Shakespeare? Why Now?' with a distinguished lineup of guests, including actor Michael Pennington (who plays 'King Lear' at Theatre for a New Audience's new home in Brooklyn); Scott Shepherd (featured in Wooster Group's 'Cry, Trojans! Troilus and Cressida'); Julie Taymor ('Midsummer Night's Dream' at Theatre for a New Audience); and director Daniel Sullivan, whose acclaimed Shakespeare staging of 'The Comedy of Errors' enlivened last summer's Shakespeare in the Park season. Carol Rocamora, a renowned playwright/critic and educator, will serve as moderator. (more...)

Michael Pennington, Scott Shepherd, Daniel Sullivan to Talk Shakespeare at Drama Desk's 2014 Sardi's Luncheon, Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

New York's theater season has had a distinctive Shakespearean flavor to it with the critically acclaimed Shakespeare's Globe productions of Twelfth Night, or What You Will and Richard III (in repertory at the Belasco Theater), Lincoln Center Theater's Macbeth, the Bard's The Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare in the Park), King Lear (by Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn), and the Wooster Group's Cry, Trojans! (Troilus & Cressida). The Drama Desk's annual Spring Luncheon/Panel Discussion at Sardi's Eugenia Room, 234 West 44th St., today, April 4, will try to answer the questions 'Why Shakespeare? Why Now?' with a distinguished lineup of guests, including British actor/director Michael Pennington (King Lear); Scott Shepherd (Cry, Trojans!, The Wooster Group's Troilus & Cressida); and director Daniel Sullivan (The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare in the Park). Carol Rocamora, a renowned playwright/critic and educator, will serve as moderator. (more...)

Frog & Peach Theatre Co. to Present KING JOHN, 4/24-5/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

'If you like action-packed thrillers,' writes Lynnea Benson, Artistic Director of Frog and Peach Theatre, 'you are going to love King John.' She calls the seldom-produced history play 'Game of Thrones, Shakespeare style,' being filled with wars over crowns, gold and power; craven courtiers, bickering in-laws, a greedy, power-mad Cardinal; illegitimate relatives and two very ambitious Queen Mothers. She will direct the classic April 24 to May 18, 2014 featuring a cast of Frog and Peach stalwarts including Karen Lynn Gorney ('Saturday Night Fever,' 'All My Children') as the ruthlessly clever Queen Elinor. (more...)

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Welcomes New Artistic Associate Stephen Brown-Fried
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2014

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has announced the appointment of stage director and longtime company guest artist Stephen Brown-Fried as the Theatre's Artistic Associate & Casting Director. 'I am thrilled to be back at this company. I do not know of another theatre that combines excellence in classic theatre and such a deep commitment to teaching. The combination of professional practice and educational training here is unparalleled,' says Brown-Fried. (more...)

Frog & Peach Theatre to Present KING JOHN, 4/24-5/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2014

'If you like action-packed thrillers,' writes Lynnea Benson, Artistic Director of Frog and Peach Theatre, 'you are going to love King John.' She calls the seldom-produced history play 'Game of Thrones, Shakespeare style,' being filled with wars over crowns, gold and power; craven courtiers, bickering in-laws, a greedy, power-mad Cardinal; illegitimate relatives and two very ambitious Queen Mothers. She will direct the classic April 24 to May 18, 2014 featuring a cast of Frog and Peach stalwarts including Karen Lynn Gorney ('Saturday Night Fever,' 'All My Children') as the ruthlessly clever Queen Elinor. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at The Old Globe's TIME AND THE CONWAYS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2014

The Old Globe presents a revival of J.B. Priestley's period classic Time and the Conways. Directed by Rebecca Taichman, Time and the Conways runs now through May 4, 2014 on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Preview performances run through tonight, April 2. Opening night is tomorrow, April 3, 2014. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Custom Made Theatre to Close Season with THE CRUCIBLE, 5/20-6/22
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2014

Custom Made Theatre caps its 15th season with Arthur Miller's The Crucible, directed by Stuart Bousel. The Crucible is arguably The Great American Play, a classic story of individuals confronting the corruption within their society and standing up for their convictions under even the direst of circumstances. Custom Made has assembled a cast of 17 to portray the frightening times of 17th Century Salem, Massachusetts. The Crucible plays May 20-June 22 at the Gough Street Playhouse, 1620 Gough Street in San Francisco (more...)

Berkeley Rep Opens Nina Raine's TRIBES Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2014

Berkeley Repertory Theatre continues the second half of its season with Tribes, a sophisticated and moving family drama by celebrated British playwright Nina Raine. Her profound and powerful new play became an award-winning hit in London and New York. Now renowned director Jonathan Moscone brings it to Berkeley Rep this April for its Bay Area premiere. Tribes follows Billy, a young man who was born deaf into a loquacious and highly opinionated academic family who raised him to lip-read and integrate into the hearing world. When he meets Sylvia - raised by Deaf parents and going deaf herself - Billy decides it's time to speak on his own terms and to be heard. Playing out in words, sign language, and sometimes mesmerizing silence, this penetrating drama examines familial love, notions of belonging, and the intersections of communication. Tribes began previews Friday, April 11, opens tonight, April 16, and closes on Sunday, May 11, 2014. (more...)

Photo Blast from the Past: F. Murray Abraham
by Walter McBride - Apr 15, 2014

Today, we're featuring F. Murray Abraham circa 1982. Abraham has focused on stage work throughout his career, giving notable performances as Pozzo in Mike Nichols's production of Waiting for Godot, Malvolio in Twelfth Night for the New York Shakespeare Festival, and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice for the Off Broadway Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) in March 2007, which was performed at the Duke Theatre in New York and also at The Swan Theatre, part of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He reprised this role in February 2011, when he replaced Al Pacino in the Public Theater's production. In the 1997/98 Broadway season he starred in the new chamber musical Triumph of Love opposite Betty Buckley, based on Marivaux's classic comedy. (more...)

Bainbridge Chorale & Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra Perform VERDI'S REQUIEM This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2014

The Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra and the Bainbridge Chorale team up in an historic collaboration this spring. Maestro Michael Austin Miller, Music Director of the Bainbridge Chorale, will lead the combined orchestra and choir in Ralph Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music. Next, Maestro Wesley Schulz of the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra will take the baton to lead members of these two incredible musical organizations in Giuseppe Verdi's monumental Requiem. (more...)

Berkeley Rep Stages Nina Raine's TRIBES, Begin. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

Berkeley Repertory Theatre continues the second half of its season with Tribes, a sophisticated and moving family drama by celebrated British playwright Nina Raine. Her profound and powerful new play became an award-winning hit in London and New York. Now renowned director Jonathan Moscone brings it to Berkeley Rep this April for its Bay Area premiere. Tribes follows Billy, a young man who was born deaf into a loquacious and highly opinionated academic family who raised him to lip-read and integrate into the hearing world. When he meets Sylvia - raised by Deaf parents and going deaf herself - Billy decides it's time to speak on his own terms and to be heard. Playing out in words, sign language, and sometimes mesmerizing silence, this penetrating drama examines familial love, notions of belonging, and the intersections of communication. Tribes start previews tonight, April 11, opens on April 16, and closes on Sunday, May 11, 2014. (more...)

AMBI Pictures Expands Into Animation with New Animated Feature 'East End'
by Movies News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

AMBI Pictures, the movie development, finance and production company owned and run by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi, has entered the world of animation, announcing today that it will produce a new animated feature film titled EAST END. (more...)

VIDEO: Watch One of Philip Seymour Hoffman's Final Performances - A MOST WANTED MAN
by Movies News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

The domestic trailer for director Anton Corbijn's adaptation of John le Carre's A MOST WANTED MAN has been released. (more...)

Jesse Tyler Ferguson to Host 80th Annual Drama League Awards, 5/16
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2014

The Drama League has announced that the Emmy-nominated star of Modern Family and Broadway veteran Jesse Tyler Ferguson will host the upcoming 80th Annual Drama League Awards. Considered one of the high points of the theater season, the Annual Awards Luncheon includes a nominees cocktail reception, luncheon ceremony, and awards presentation and that will be held on Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square in the Broadway Ballroom (1535 Broadway) beginning at 11:30 a.m. Financier Patisserie, GenSpring Family Offices, and National Life Group are the 2014 Event Sponsors of the 80th Annual Drama League Awards. (more...)

Park Square's 15th Anniversary Production of THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK to Reach 201,000 Audience Members
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2014

This spring marks the 15th anniversary production of The Diary of Anne Frank by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett at Park Square Theatre. When it closes on May 15, the production-the touching story of a brave young woman coming of age in hiding from the Nazis-will have played for 638 performances and inspired 201,000 audience members, including tens of thousands of students from all over Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. The original Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway production played for 717 performances. Julie Ann Nevill, who has played Mrs. Van Daan since the first curtain call, said 'This show has tremendous impact on our whole region with as many as 16,000 students seeing it every year - for most it's their first professional live theatre experience. Who wouldn't want to be part of that magic?' (more...)

Dance Fest, Women Playwrights Series and More Set for Centenary Stage This Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2014

The excitement doesn't stop at Centenary Stage Company (CSC) this April and there is no fooling anyone with this great entertainment. From the continuation of the ever popular Dance Fest to the annual Women Playwrights Series to adventures in magic and mayhem, CSC has it all. (more...)

Tom Nelis Stars in, Aaron Posner and Teller Direct A.R.T.'s THE TEMPEST, Beg. Tonight in Las Vegas
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2014

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Diane Paulus, Artistic Director and William Russo, Managing Director, presents the last production of its 2013/14 Season, THE TEMPEST, adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller from the play by William Shakespeare, with magic by Teller, music by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, and movement by Matt Kent of Pilobolus. (more...)

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