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From the acclaimed Theatre for a New Audience, the first U.S. theatre to be invited to the Royal Shakespeare Company, comes Shakespeare's tragicomedy following command runs Off-Broadway and in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Starring Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham in his riveting portrayal of Shylock, and directed by Darko Tresnjak (former Artistic Director, Old Globe), the play has been arousing controversies for centuries with raucous and gentle comedy, tender poetry, and its struggle with mercy and justice. In this riveting update, religion, race and sexuality collide with love, family and justice and the currency of society and humanity has never been so changeable.

SDC Welcomes Marsha Mason as 2,000th Active Full Member
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2014

In May, Marsha Mason became the 2,000th active Full Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), a national labor union representing stage directors and choreographers working throughout the United States. (more...)

Tracie Thoms & John Hawkes to Star in David Auburn's LOST LAKE at MTC; Performances Begin 10/21
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2014

Lynne Meadow and Barry Grove have announced casting for Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming world premiere of LOST LAKE, the new play by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan. The play will feature Oscar nominee John Hawkes (The Sessions, Winter's Bone) and Tracie Thoms (Rent, "Cold Case"). (more...)

Gloucester Stage to Open Jack Neary's AULD LANG SYNE, 7/11
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Gloucester Stage Company continues the 35th Anniversary Season on July 11 with the Boston Area Premiere of Jack Neary's newest work, Auld Lang Syne featuring GSC favorites and real life husband and wife Richard Snee and Paula Plum directed by Douglas Lockwood. The comedy thriller runs from July 11 through July 27. (more...)

Stage Adaptation of THE WAR OF THE ROSES Coming to Broadway in 2015-16 Season!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Tony Award winning Producers Jay Gutterman, Cindy Gutterman, Cathy Chernoff, Carl Moellenberg and Wendy Federman just announced that THE WAR OF THE ROSES, the riveting stage adaptation by Warren Adler based on his original best-selling novel of the same name, will bow on Broadway during the 2015-2016 season. (more...)

Shakespeare's Globe to Bring HAMLET to Folger Theatre, July 25-26
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2014

The London-based Shakespeare's Globe will bring their global touring production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet to Folger Theatre for three performances only on July 25 and 26, 2014, making it the only east coast stop for the company in the United States. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst, the production is a fresh, pared-down version of the classic tragedy of deferred revenge. (more...)

Westport Country Playhouse's NORA to Begin Performances on 7/15
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2014

Westport Country Playhouse will stage the sexy and suspenseful story of love, lies, and blackmail, "Nora," July 15 through August 2, adapted by Academy Award-winning director/writer Ingmar Bergman from Henrik Ibsen's masterwork, "A Doll's House." Directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director, the work is translated by Frederick J. Marker and Lise-Lone Marker. (more...)

AMBI Takes Home Top Prizes at Italian Contemporary Film Festival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2014

AMBI Pictures, the film development, finance, production and distribution company run by Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi, was the recipient of several prestigious awards at the Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) for their first feature 2047 – Sights of Death, which made its gala World Premiere at the event. (more...)

Bucks County Playhouse Announces Entire Cast for 2014 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

Bucks County Playhouse Producers Alexander Fraser, Robyn Goodman, Stephen Kocis, and Josh Fiedler announce complete casting for the remaining 2014 75th anniversary summer seaso (more...)

Michael Cerveris and Laura Osnes to Join Randy Newman in Encores! FAUST: THE CONCERT, July 1
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

Michael Cerveris, Isaiah Johnson, Randy Newman, Laura Osnes, Vonda Shepard, Brooklyn Shuck, Tony Vincent and Broadway Inspirational Voices have been cast in Randy Newman's Faust: The Concert, which will be performed on July 1 as the second Encores! Off-Center presentation of the 2014 season. Faust will be directed by Thomas Kail and choreographed by Marcos Santana. Jeanine Tesori is the Encores! Off-Center artistic director; Chris Fenwick is its music director. (more...)

Tina Packer's JULIUS CAESAR to Run 6/27-8/30 at Shakespeare & Company
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

Idealism, ambition, conspiracy, honor, greed, betrayal and the lust for power-echoes of our own modern politics-are all on tap in Shakespeare's potent and bloody Julius Caesar. Last performed at the Company in 1993, Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer delivers audiences her 'bare-Bard' production of Caesar, marking its final leg of a three city tour-Orlando, Florida, Prague in the Czech Republic, and now at home in Lenox, with Shakespeare & Company. With 7 actors playing multiple roles this poetry-filled psychological and political thriller follows the conspiracy and assassination of the omnipotent Roman leader, and the consequences that ensue from his brutal murder. Performances run in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre June 27 - August 30.Press Opening is Friday, July 4 at 8:00pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: Kenneth Branagh, Hamish Linklater and More at Shakespeare Society's 'Playing Shakespeare' Celebration
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2014

On Monday, June 9, 2014, Sir Kenneth Branagh presented the Shakespeare Medal to Richard Easton and The Public Theater's Oskar Eustis presented the Linda Gross Playing Shakespeare Award to Hamish Linklater at the Shakespeare Society's Annual Playing Shakespeare Celebration. Scroll down for photos of the event, which included guests such as Lily Rabe, Jack O'Brien, Stephen DeRosa, Jacob Fishel, Jimmy Yuill, Dakin Matthews, Chukwudi Iwuji, and more! (more...)

Acting Teacher George Morrison Passes Away at 86
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

According to Variety, acting teacher George Morrison, who throughout his career worked with such stars as Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, Edie Falco and more, recently passed away. He was 86 years old. (more...)

The Old Globe to Launch Free San Diego Tour of ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

The Old Globe today announced the creation of an exciting new producing platform, Globe for All. This free-of-charge tour of a professional production of Shakespeare will allow the theatre to serve more communities throughout San Diego by collaborating with a diverse range of local organizations. Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein will direct the first production, Shakespeare's fascinating romance All's Well That Ends Well. He plans to cast local professional actors, including recent graduates of the Old Globe/University of San Diego M.F.A. Program in classical acting. The first Globe for All free Shakespeare tour will begin October 28 and will culminate in three low-cost performances in the Globe's Hattox Hall November 7-9. (more...)

AMBI Distribution Hires J.J. Nugent for Beverly Hills Office
by TV News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

It was announced today that AMBI Distribution, the international sales arm of Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi's AMBI Group, has hired J.J. Nugent to work in the company's Beverly Hills office, reporting to AMBI Distribution's President Julie Sultan. (more...)

Two-Time Tony Nominee Christopher Fitzgerald to Return to Broadway's CHICAGO in New Role Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2014

Two-time Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald rejoins the Broadway cast of CHICAGO as Billy Flynn -- his second starring role in the acclaimed production-- beginning Tuesday, August 5. (more...)

Cast Announced for Noel Coward's THIS WAS A MAN at Finborough Theatre from July 15
by BWW News Desk - Jul 3, 2014

Banned by the Lord Chamberlain for its facetious and irreverent treatment of adultery, This Was A Man, a previously unseen play by Noel Coward, directed by actress Belinda Lang, opens for its long overdue UK professional premiere in a strictly limited three week season at the Finborough Theatre on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 (Press Night: Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 7.30pm). (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at West End's Original 'Frankie Valli' Ryan Molloy in Broadway's JERSEY BOYS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2014

The producers of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical Jersey Boys welcome Olivier Award nominee Ryan Molloy, who won critical acclaim for originating the role of Frankie Valliin the London production, to Broadway for a limited engagement, beginning tonight, Tuesday, July 29. Molloy will remain with the show through Sunday, October 19. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you a first look at Molloy onstage with the Broadway company! (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with Jonathan Epstein's Adaptation of HENRY IV at Shakespeare & Company
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

A sweeping spectacle of bawdy buffoonery and bloody rebellion, director Jonathan Epstein's razor sharp and condensed adaptation of Henry IV delivers both parts in one dynamic evening of theatre at Shakespeare & Company. Performances run in the Tina Packer Playhouse August 2 - August 31. Press Opening is Friday, August 7, at 7:00pm. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the cast in rehearsal below! (more...)

Casting and Cameo Groups Announced for Free Public Works' Musical Adaptation of THE WINTER'S TALE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2014

Following last year's acclaimed Public Works production of The Tempest, The Public Theater will continue this community-based initiative this September with a free original musical adaptation of Shakespeare's THE WINTER'S TALE. Featuring more than 200 New Yorkers from all five boroughs performing alongside professional actors and The Public's community partners, Public Works' THE WINTER'S TALE will run for three nights only, September 5-7, at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Free tickets will be distributed, two per person, at 12:00 p.m. on the day of the show at the Delacorte Theater and via the Virtual Ticketing lottery at www.publictheater.org. (more...)

BWW TV: Chatting with the Company of Broadway-Bound YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU- James Earl Jones, Rose Byrne & More!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 24, 2014

Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play You Can't Take It With You will begin previews on August 26, 2014, at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street), with an opening night set for September 28, 2014. The production will be directed by six-time Tony Award-nominee and Drama Desk Award winnerScott Ellis (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Twelve Angry Men, 1776) and will play a limited run for 19 weeks only. Tickets are on sale by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting Telecharge.com. The company met the press yesterday and BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was on hand for interviews with the whole gang. Check out what they had to say about bringing the play back to Broadway below! (more...)

FREEZE FRAME: Meet the Star-Studded Company of Broadway-Bound YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU!
by Walter McBride - Jul 23, 2014

Moss Hart andGeorge S. Kaufman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play You Can't Take It With You will begin previews on August 26, 2014, at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street), with an opening night set for September 28, 2014. The production will be directed by six-time Tony Award-nominee and Drama Desk Award winnerScott Ellis (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Twelve Angry Men, 1776) and will play a limited run for 19 weeks only. Tickets are on sale by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting Telecharge.com. The company just met the press and you can catch a photo preview from the festivities below. Be sure to check back later for complete coverage! (more...)

Photo Coverage: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU Company Meets the Press!
by Walter McBride - Jul 23, 2014

Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play You Can't Take It With You will begin previews on August 26, 2014, at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street), with an opening night set for September 28, 2014. The production will be directed by six-time Tony Award-nominee and Drama Desk Award winnerScott Ellis (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Twelve Angry Men, 1776) and will play a limited run for 19 weeks only. Tickets are on sale by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visitingTelecharge.com. The company just met the press and you can check out complete photo coverage below! (more...)

Shakespearean Clowns
by Roundabout Theatre Company - Jul 2, 2014

Jim Dale's career as an actor grew out of his success as a music hall performer and musician. He put those music hall skills as a wit, singer, musician, and physical comedian to work in performances of William Shakespeare's many clowns and fools. (more...)

Johanna Day, Will Brill, Fran Kranz & More Join Cast of YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU Broadway Revival
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

Producers of the upcoming Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play You Can't Take It With You announce more cast members for the production which begins rehearsals on Monday, July 21st. The cast will include: Will Brill (Act One) as Ed Carmichael, Fran Kranz (Death of a Salesman) as Tony Kirby, Johanna Day (August: Osage County) as Mrs. Kirby, Nick Corley (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Austin Durant (War Horse) and Joe Tapper (Witnessed By The World, 59 E 59) as the three G-Men as well as Barrett Doss, Ned Noyes, Pippa Pearthree as understudies. The complete and final cast list will be announced next week. (more...)

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey to Present THE ALCHEMIST, Begin. 8/6
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents Ben Jonson's The Alchemist, a rowdy tale of con artists and their gullible prey. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Liv Rooth, Lucas Hall and More in Westport Country Playhouse's NORA
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

Westport Country Playhouse stages the sexy and suspenseful story of love, lies, and blackmail, 'Nora,' now through August 2, adapted by Academy Award-winning director/writer Ingmar Bergman from Henrik Ibsen's masterwork, 'A Doll's House.' Directed by David Kennedy, Playhouse associate artistic director, the work is translated by Frederick J. Marker and Lise-Lone Marker. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Chautauqua Theater Company to Present THE MAY QUEEN, 7/18-27
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC), under the leadership of Vivienne Benesch Artistic Director and Sarah Clare Corporandy Managing Director, is proud to present The May Queen a world premiere comedy by Molly Smith Metzler from July 18-27, directed by Vivienne Benesch, on the Bratton Theater Mainstage. (more...)

Dennis Krausnick Plays Caesar for 14 Shows Only at Shakespeare & Company, 7/15-8/2
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2014

Shakespeare & Company's Dennis Krausnick, a founder and also Director of Training, steps into the title role of Julius Caesar for a brief run beginning July 15 through August 2. Nigel Gore, who has been playing Caesar since it opened several weeks ago, takes a short-term leave from the show after this weekend's performance on Sunday July 13-Gore will be back in the role Saturday, August 9. Krausnick was last seen on stage in the Playhouse in 2012's King Lear in the title role. See Krausnick's bio and photo links below. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Downtown Rep Revives THE MERCHANT OF VENICE at the Historic Pico House
by Ellen Dostal - Jul 12, 2014

Within the courtyard of the historic Pico House in downtown LA, the Downtown Repertory Theater Company is in the midst of offering its sixth season of classical works. Led by artistic director Devon Armstrong, they have taken on Chekhov, Marlowe, Odets and numerous plays by Shakespeare, all while encouraging actors to tackle roles they might not otherwise have the opportunity to play. (more...)

Claybourne Elder & Brynn O'Malley to Lead Signature Theatre's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Signature Theatre is proud to announce the cast of Sunday in the Park with George, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning musical (more...)

Elizabeth Ashley & Byron Jennings Join Starry Broadway Revival of YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Producers of the upcoming Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play You Can't Take It With You announce that Tony Award winner Elizabeth Ashley (Take Her, She's Mine, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Gore Vidal's The Best Man) joins the production in the role of The Grand Duchess Olga and Byron Jennings (The Merchant of Venice, Inherit the Wind) joins in the role of Mr. Kirby. (more...)

Shakespeare & Company's HENRY IV PARTS I & II to Run 8/2-31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

A sweeping spectacle of bawdy buffoonery and bloody rebellion, director Jonathan Epstein's razor sharp and condensed adaptation of Henry IV delivers both parts in one dynamic evening of theatre. Performances run in the Tina Packer Playhouse August 2 - August 31. Press Opening is Friday, August 7, at 7:00pm. To RSVP or for interview opportunities contact Communications & Press Director Elizabeth Aspenlieder: aspenlieder@shakespeare.org. (more...)

A DANCE OF DEATH to Play Finborough Theatre, Begin. 5 August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2014

Commissioned by the Finborough Theatre from Cerberus Theatre, the UK premiere and the English world premiere of controversial German playwright Rolf Hochhuth's Sommer 14 - A Dance of Death in a brand new translation opens at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season on Tuesday, 5 August 2014 (Press Night: Thursday, 7 August at 7.30pm). (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 8/8/14 - DOGFIGHT Goes to Europe, Edinburgh Fest Opens, '90s Hits Take the Stage and More!
by Jessica Showers - Aug 8, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: DOGFIGHT makes its European premiere, the 2014 Edinburgh International Festival kicks off in Scotland, Broadway stars join together for FROM MARKY MARK TO MICHAEL at 54 Below and more! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes with Joseph Marcell and More in The Globe's KING LEAR, Coming to D.C.'s Folger Theatre
by Stage Tube - Aug 6, 2014

Folger Theatre continues its relationship with Shakespeare's Globe in London with the touring production of KING LEAR, coming to D.C. for a limited engagement of 18 performances, September 5 - 21. Directed by Bill Buckhurst, the acclaimed production has toured for months in the UK, Europe, and Asia. The Folger will be its debut here in the States. Click below to go behind the scenes with the cast and creative team! (more...)

Tony Nominee Christopher Fitzgerald Returns to Broadway's CHICAGO in a New Role Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2014

Two-time Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald rejoins the Broadway cast of Chicago as Billy Flynn -- his second starring role in the acclaimed production-- beginning tonight, August 5. (more...)

Adopt a Kitten From Broadway's YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2014

Producers of the upcoming Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play You Can't Take It With You and The Humane Society of New York are pleased to announce a new partnership to support the adoption of kittens that will be used in the show. The kittens will be replaced periodically throughout the run as they outgrow their roles. (more...)

Steep Theatre's 14th Season to Feature Regional Premieres and Directors Jonathan Berrie, Joanie Schultz, and Robin Witt
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2014

Steep Theatre's upcoming Fourteenth Season features a slate of four premieres directed by a lineup of Chicago's hottest directors. Steep Artistic Associates Jonathan Berry, Joanie Schultz, and Robin Witt, who have accounted for some of Steep's most memorable shows in recent years, return home to direct this season. (more...)

Stark Naked Theatre to Present THE GOD GAME Through 9/20
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2014

Following a critically-acclaimed third season, Stark Naked Theatre Company opens its fourth season on September 5th with the southwest regional premiere of The God Game, written by award-winning playwright Suzanne Bradbeer. Critics praised The God Game in its world premiere earlier this year, calling it "a superb new drama" and "the sort of new work that theatre fans long to see." And just in time for election season, Houston audiences will likewise be enthralled with Stark Naked's production of this exciting political drama. The God Game is a relevant and thought-provoking new play that deftly examines the role of faith on the national political stage. Running through September 20th at Stark Naked Theatre's STUDIO 101, The God Game is directed by Jennifer Dean and features perennial favorites Justin Doran, Philip Lehl, and Kim Tobin-Lehl in the lead roles. (more...)

Michael Ajao, Paul Bigley, Arthur Byrne and More Set for OUR TOWN at the Almeida Theatre - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Casting is announced for Our Town at the Almeida Theatre. Award-winning US actor-director David Cromer will direct and perform in this intimate version of Thornton Wilder's iconic American play. The cast will also include Michael Ajao, Paul Bigley, Arthur Byrne, Sidney Cole, Kate Dickie, Laura Elsworthy, Anna Francolini, Matthew Jacobs-Morgan, Daniel Kendrick, Simon Lennon, Jessica Lester, Richard Lumsden, Annette McLaughlin, Christopher Staines, Rhashan Stoneand David Walmsley. (more...)

Hudson Village Theatre Welcomes New Artistic Director
by BWW News Desk - Aug 21, 2014

Hudson Village Theatre (HVT) has announced its new Artistic Director. Matthew Tiffin, known to the Montreal theatre community as well as local audiences and media as one half of the ground-breaking, critically acclaimed Gravy Bath Productions, takes the reins in Hudson as of September 2, 2014. (more...)

Cast Announced for Propeller Theatre's POCKET DREAM UK Tour, Beginning Sept 8
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2014

Casting has been announced for Pocket Dream, a sixty minute version of Propeller's critically-acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. (more...)

Shakespeare Celebration Set for Bryn Mawr Performing Arts Series, 10/4
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2014

The Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series plays, acts and dances a happy 450th birthday to William Shakespeare in a Bard's Birthday Bash with Scenes, Sonnets, Music and Dance with Members of Piffaro and Guests on Saturday, October 4 at 8:30 p.m. at Thomas Great Hall. Piffaro, playing reconstructions of Renaissance instruments such as shawms, dulcians, sackbuts, recorders, krumhorns, bagpipes, lutes, guitars, harps and a variety of percussion, perform music of Shakespeare's time including old English ballads, instrumental fantasies and country dances, some with direct connections to his plays. The program will weave in scenes from some of Shakespeare's most popular plays directed by Barrymore Award-winning director James J. Christy and performed by leading local actors. The celebration concludes with dancing, taught to the audience by Renaissance dancing master Dorothy Olsson. (more...)

Up on the Marquee: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU
by Walter McBride - Aug 15, 2014

The upcoming Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play You Can't Take It With begins previews on August 26, 2014, at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street), with an opening night set for September 28, 2014. The production will be directed by six-time Tony Award-nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Scott Ellis (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Twelve Angry Men, 1776) and will play a 19-week limited engagement. Check out the marquee below! (more...)

Stage West's BEYOND THERAPY Begins 8/21
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2014

Two neurotic people looking for love and two therapists who are clearly less sane than their patients. What could go wrong? That's the question posed by Christopher Durang's sharply satirical farce Beyond Therapy, beginning a 6-week run at Stage West on Thursday, August 21. (more...)

Custom Made to Open Season with Kurt Vonnegut's SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE, 9/12-10/12
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2014

A satirical and horrifying anti-war story, Slaughterhouse Five, carries a unique poignancy - and humor. A best seller when released, the novel brought Vonnegut to prominence as a major voice in American fiction. It has been adapted for the stage by Tony-nominated and Oscar-winning Eric Simonson and is directed by Custom Made Theatre's Artistic Director Brian Katz. (more...)

First Folio Theatre to Premiere THE GRAVEDIGGER, 10/1-11/2
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014

To kick off its 19th season, First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83) is proud to present the World Premiere of the gothic drama THE GRAVEDIGGER, which previews October 1, opens October 4 and runs through November 2, 2014. The production is written by First Folio Artistic Associate Joseph Zettelmaier, who recently opened the World Premiere of his play Salvage at First Folio Theatre to sold-out audiences. Jeff Award nominee Alison C. Vesely (First Folio's A Moon for the Misbegotten) will direct. The cast is led by Craig Spidle (Brigadoon at The Goodman Theatre, Twelfth Night at First Folio Theatre, Fiddler on the Roof at Drury Lane Theatre) as 'Kurt' (The Gravedigger), Joshua Caroll as 'Anton' (The Monster), Simina Contras as 'Nadya' (A Gypsy), and Doug MacKechnie as 'Victor' (The Creator). (more...)

Fry To Host SALOME And WILDE SALOME Q&A With Pacino And Chastain
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty) will join Academy Award winner Al Pacino for the special live Q&A event at BFI Southbank, London celebrating the UK release of his films Salome and Wilde Salome. (more...)

Larry Yando to Star in KING LEAR at Chicago Shakespeare Theater This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2014

Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) announces today the casting and creative team for William Shakespeare's towering epic King Lear, directed by CSTFounder and Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and featuring Chicago theater legend Larry Yando in the title role. A wrenching story of love, loss and reconciliation, the unraveling of an imperious king has fascinated audiences for more than 400 years. Gaines brings audiences aKing Lear for our times, especially relevant as today's generation wrestles with the harrowing effects of aging on loved ones. King Lear opens Chicago Shakespeare's 2014/15 season in the Courtyard Theater, September 9-November 9, 2014. (more...)

Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long Running Hits - CHICAGO!
by BWW Special Coverage - Aug 10, 2014

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