Top 10 Plays Set In School
by Marianka Swain - Sep 7, 2016

Education, education, education - it's an inescapable topic in theatre. Recent years have seen Future Conditional (kicking off Matthew Warchus's Old Vic tenure), Matilda the Musical, The Brink, Kin, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, and, of course, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. To celebrate back to school week, here are 10 of the best plays set in school. Get studying! To celebrate back to school week, here are 10 of the best plays set in school. Get studying! (more...)

Ashlie Atkinson and Francisco Pryor Garat Join The New Group's STEVE; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2015

The New Group has announced complete casting for the world premiere of STEVE, a new play by Mark Gerrard.  Directed by Cynthia Nixon, this production features Ashlie Atkinson and Francisco Pryor Garat, and as announced, Mario Cantone, Jerry Dixon, Malcolm Gets and Matt McGrath. A limited Off-Broadway engagement plays November 3 - December 27 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street), with Official Opening Night set for Wednesday, November 18. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 9/27/2015
by BWW - Sep 27, 2015

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 9/20/2015
by BWW - Sep 20, 2015

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BWW Profile: Dame Maggie Smith Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen
by Matt Tamanini - Sep 16, 2016

This morning we are taking a look at the illustrious career of Dame Maggie Smith. I mean, she's a Dame after all; Queen Elizabeth doesn't just hand those out to anyone. Her career includes highlights from on stage, including 'The Importance of Being Earnest,' 'Private Lives,' and 'Lettice and Lovage;' to in films as 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,' 'Sister Act,' and 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel;' to her iconic role as Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham on 'Downton Abbey,' for which she is nominated for an Emmy for the fourth-consecutive year. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 9/13/2015
by BWW - Sep 13, 2015

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Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 10/04/2015
by BWW - Oct 4, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/04/2015 for Chicago (more...)

VIDEO: Dame Maggie Smith Reveals She's Never Watched DOWNTON ABBEY!
by TV News Desk - Oct 31, 2015

Maggie Smith stopped by THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW and shared that she is relieved that DOWNTON ABBEY is finally over… and admits she has never seen the show, but she does have a box set! (more...)

David Bowie and Enda Walsh's LAZARUS Begins Rehearsals Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2016

Rehearsals begin today for the European premiere of David Bowie and Enda Walsh's LAZARUS, ahead of preview performances from Tuesday 25 October in a brand new 900-seater venue at Kings Cross Theatre built specifically for the production. Playing for 13 WEEKS ONLY until Sunday 22 January 2017, LAZARUS will have its official opening night on Tuesday 8 November 2016. (more...)

Madcap Productions to Present Christopher Durang's Farce BEYOND THERAPY at Skokie Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 22, 2016

MadKap Productions is pleased to present BEYOND THERAPY for 10 performances at the Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in Skokie. Nov 4 - Nov 20, 2016. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sunday Nov 6 at 2:30 pm, other Sundays at 2:00 pm, with a matinee on Wednesday, November 9 at 1:30 pm. Tickets are $34 general admission, $29 for seniors, and $24 for students and can be purchased online at SkokieTheatre.org or by calling 847-677-7761. Tickets for Beyond Therapy are included in a 3 show subscription package for $57 which includes upcoming productions of The Seven Year Itch and Equus. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 10/18/2015
by BWW - Oct 18, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/18/2015 for Chicago (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 10/11/2015
by BWW - Oct 11, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/11/2015 for Chicago (more...)

Madcap Productions to Present Christopher Durang's Farce BEYOND THERAPY at Skokie Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

MadKap Productions is pleased to present BEYOND THERAPY for 10 performances at the Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in Skokie. Nov 4 - Nov 20, 2016. Todays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sunday Nov 6 at 2:30 pm, other Sundays at 2:00 pm, with a matinee on Wednesday, November 9 at 1:30 pm. Tickets are $34 general admission, $29 for seniors, and $24 for students and can be purchased online at SkokieTheatre.org or by calling 847-677-7761. Tickets for Beyond Therapy are included in a 3 show subscription package for $57 which includes upcoming productions of The Seven Year Itch and Equus. (more...)

The New Group's STEVE Begins Performances Tonight Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2015

The New Group presents the world premiere of STEVE, a new play by Mark Gerrard. Directed by Cynthia Nixon, this production features Ashlie Atkinson and Francisco Pryor Garat, and as announced, Mario Cantone, Jerry Dixon, Malcolm Gets and Matt McGrath. A limited Off-Broadway engagement plays tonight, November 3, through December 27 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street), with Official Opening Night set for Wednesday, November 18. (more...)

The New Group Extends Cynthia Nixon-Helmed STEVE
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2015

The New Group announces a one-week extension for its world premiere of Steve, a new play by Mark Gerrard, directed by Cynthia Nixon.  Due to demand, Steve will now play through Sunday, January 3 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street).  The production, which was originally set to play a limited Off-Broadway engagement through December 27, began previews November 3 and celebrated its Official Opening Night on November 18.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of The New Group's STEVE, Directed by Cynthia Nixon
by Walter McBride - Nov 19, 2015

The New Group presents the world premiere of STEVE, a new play by Mark Gerrard. Directed by Cynthia Nixon, this production features Ashlie Atkinson and Francisco Pryor Garat, and as announced, Mario Cantone, Jerry Dixon,Malcolm Gets and Matt McGrath. A limited Off-Broadway engagement plays now through December 27 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street). The production just opened last night, November 18, and BroadwayWorld was on hand. Check out photos below! (more...)

The New Group's STEVE, Directed by Cynthia Nixon, Opens Tonight Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2015

The New Group presents the world premiere of STEVE, a new play by Mark Gerrard. Directed by Cynthia Nixon, this production features Ashlie Atkinson and Francisco Pryor Garat, and as announced, Mario Cantone, Jerry Dixon, Malcolm Gets and Matt McGrath. A limited Off-Broadway engagement plays now through December 27 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street), with Official Opening Night set for tonight, November 18. (more...)

Palm Beach Dramaworks to Present Jay Presson Allen's TRU
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

Palm Beach Dramaworks presents Tru by Jay Presson Allen, opening December 2 at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE A Warm Hearted Comedic Winner
by Frank Benge - Nov 14, 2016

What do you get when you cross Christopher Durang, the master of anxious comedy, with Anton Chekhov, the master of Russian despair? You get VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, an evening of melancholia and mirth. While Durang starts with Chekhov he soon runs off in every direction. Chekhov and Walt Disney? California Suite and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie? Why not? He ends up delivering a warmhearted, surprisingly personable play that is a mixture of clever and sweet that's hard to pull off. The production now on stage at The Wimberley Playhouse pulls it off beautifully. Chekhov's characters are full of angst and dissatisfaction, and so are Durang's. The key difference is that while tragic Chekhov can be funny, Durang is pretty much flat out bonkers. (more...)

Richard Nelson's THE GABRIELS Election Year Play Cycle to Tour to DC, Hong Kong and Australia
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2016

The Public Theater announced today that Richard Nelson's acclaimed trilogy THE GABRIELS: Election Year in the Life of One Family will tour to Washington D.C., Australia, and Hong Kong beginning in January 2017. (more...)

MadKap Productions Stages THE LION IN WINTER at the Skokie Theatre This Month
by BWW News Desk - Nov 10, 2015

MadKap Productions will present THE LION IN WINTER by Highland Park native James Goldman, for ten performances at the Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in Skokie, running now through November 22, 2015. (more...)

Different Stages' WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING Opens 6/26 at The Vortex
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2015

Different Stages opens its 2014-2015 season with When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell. The story takes place between two worlds, between a prediction in 1959 and its outcome eighty years later, through the interconnected stories of two families over four generations. (more...)

BURIED CHILD with Ed Harris and Amy Madigan, Cynthia Nixon-Helmed STEVE & More Set for The New Group's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2015

The New Group has announced three productions for its 2015-2016 Season.  The company's new season kicks off in Summer 2015 with the Off-Broadway premiere of Philip Ridley's Mercury Fur, directed by Scott Elliott.  The season continues in Fall 2015 with the world premiere of Mark Gerrard's Steve, with director Cynthia Nixon returning to The New Group, where she made her directorial debut earlier this year.  In Winter 2016, Scott Elliott directs Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Buried Child, featuring Ed Harris and Amy Madigan, who return to The New Group with this production. (more...)

Northern Kentucky University to Present PYGMALION,
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2016

Northern Kentucky University | School of the Arts | Program of Theatre and Dance presents PYGMALION March 29 - April 3, 2016. Performances will take place in the Stauss Theatre in the Fine Arts Center. All performances are sold out. The wait list policy can be found online at theatre.nku.edu on the Box Office page. (more...)

Tovah Feldshuh Returning to Feinstein's at the Nikko with 'AGING IS OPTIONAL,' 4/29-30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2016

Acclaimed Broadway, film and television star, Tovah Feldshuh - nominated six times for the Tony and Emmy Awards-returns to Feinstein's at the Nikko on Friday, April 29 (8 p.m.) and Saturday, April 30 (7 p.m.) with her one-woman show, Tovah: Aging is Optional. (more...)

Different Stages Presents CHARLEY'S AUNT, Now thru 4/11
by BWW News Desk - Mar 27, 2015

Different Stages continues its 2014 - 2015 season with Brandon Thomas's Charley's Aunt. (more...)

CHARLEY'S AUNT Opens Today at City Theater
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2015

Different Stages continues its 2013 - 2014 season with Brandon Thomas's Charley's Aunt. Oxford students Jack and Charley can't court their sweethearts without a chaperone. Charley's aunt is on her way from Brazil and will fit the bill - until her arrival is delayed! What to do, what to do? By George, they hire an impersonator, or rather coerce their rascally schoolmate Fancourt to pose as Charley's aunt from Brazil, -'where the nuts come from.' Complications begin when the schoolmate, in drag, becomes the love object of two older men. (more...)

Mario Cantone & More to Star in The New Group's STEVE, Directed by Cynthia Nixon; Full Cast Announced for MERCURY FUR
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

The New Group has announced complete casting for the Off-Broadway premiere of Philip Ridley's Mercury Fur, the production launching the company's upcoming season, and initial casting for the world premiere of Mark Gerrard's Steve, the second production in the company's 2015-2016 season. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWWBooksWorld.com for 6/21/2015 - 6/28/2015
by BWW - Jun 28, 2015

Hottest Articles on BWWBooksWorld.com from 6/21/2015 - 6/28/2015. (more...)

Different Stages' WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING Opens Tonight at The Vortex
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2015

Different Stages opens its 2014-2015 season with When the Rain Stops Falling by Andrew Bovell. The story takes place between two worlds, between a prediction in 1959 and its outcome eighty years later, through the interconnected stories of two families over four generations. (more...)

Canongate Announces Digital Debut of THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

Canongate is to become the digital publisher of Muriel Spark's seminal novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, as part of a nine book deal agreed by Louisa Joyner, Editorial Director of Fiction, with Georgia Glover at David Higham Associates on behalf of Muriel Spark's Estate. (more...)

Karen Pittman, Michael Cullen & More to Star in KING LIZ at Second Stage Uptown
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2015

Second Stage Theatre  continues the 2015 Uptown Series with the World Premiere of KING LIZ, written by Fernanda Coppel (Chimichangas and Zoloft) and directed by Lisa Peterson.  KING LIZ will feature MICHAEL CULLEN, JEREMIE HARRIS, RUSSELL G. JONES, CAROLINE LAGERFELT, IRENE SOFIA LUCIO, and KAREN PITTMAN.  Previews begin Monday, July 13th and opening night is Monday, July 27th. (more...)

Tammy Blanchard, John Benjamin Hickey & More to Star in Lincoln Center Theater's DADA WOOF PAPA HOT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2015

Lincoln Center Theater has announced that Tammy Blanchard, Patrick Breen, John Benjamin Hickey, Alex Hurt, Kellie Overbey, John Pankow, and Stephen Plunkett will comprise the cast of its upcoming production of  DADA WOOF PAPA HOT, a new play by Peter Parnell, to be directed by Scott Ellis.  DADA WOOF PAPA HOT begins performances Thursday, October 15 and opens on Monday, November 9 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street). (more...)

Karen Pittman and More Lead KING LIZ, Opening Tonight at Second Stage Uptown
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

Second Stage Theatre continues the 2015 Uptown Series with the World Premiere of King Liz, written by Fernanda Coppel (Chimichangas and Zoloft) and directed by Lisa Peterson. King Liz will feature MICHAEL CULLEN, JEREMIE HARRIS, RUSSELL G. JONES, CAROLINE LAGERFELT, IRENE SOFIA LUCIO, and KAREN PITTMAN. Previews began Monday, July 13th, for opening night tonight, July 27th, 2015. (more...)

Signal Ensemble Theatre's Final Production THE CONSULTANT Begins This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2016

Signal Ensemble Theatre presents the Chicago premiere of The Consultant by Heidi Schreck and directed by Signal Ensemble Theater Co-Artistic Director Ronan Marra at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice Ave., January 21 - February 20, 2016.  After 13 seasons of  presenting, The Consultant marks the final production for Signal Ensemble Theatre. There will be one preview Thursday, Jan. 21 at 8 p.m. Opening/Press night is Friday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. Regular performances are Thursday - Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. (No performance Sunday, Feb. 7) Ticket prices are $23 for single tickets, $15 for industry/students/seniors/groups and $12 for previews. Tickets may be purchased by calling 773.698.7389 or by visiting www.signalensemble.com.  NOTE: There is no Sunday, February 7 performance and there will be an industry Night performance Monday, Feb. 8 at 7:30pm. (more...)

Romantic Comedy BEAU JEST to Play Skokie Theatre This February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2016

MadKap Productions will present BEAU JEST by local playwright James Sherman, for ten performances at the Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in Skokie, February 5 - 21, 2016. (more...)

Breaking News: NERDS THE MUSICAL to Hit Broadway This Spring!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2016

Confirming earlier rumors that NERDS THE MUSICAL will finally be heading to the Great White Way, BroadwayWorld has confirmed the show will premiere at the Longacre Theatre this spring. (more...)

Romantic Comedy BEAU JEST to Play Skokie Theatre This February
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

MadKap Productions will present BEAU JEST by local playwright James Sherman, for ten performances at the Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave in Skokie, February 5 - 21, 2016. (more...)

Family Time! Meet the Full Cast of Stephen Karam's THE HUMANS, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 18, 2016

The Broadway production of Stephen Karam's much-raved-about new play, THE HUMANS opens tonight, February 18, 2016. Directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello and featuring its entire acclaimed off-Broadway cast, THE HUMANS plays performances at Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre (240 West 44th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the cast and the production! (more...)

Photo Flashback: A Fond Farewell to Those We Lost in 2015
by Walter McBride - Dec 31, 2015

Below, BroadwayWorld sends a fond farewell to those who passed away in 2015. (more...)

MAGGIE SMITH: A BIOGRAPHY Released Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2015

MAGGIE SMITH: A BIOGRAPHY is set for release today, December 29, 2015. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 12/28/2015 - GOTTA DANCE Opens in Chicago!
by Jessica Khan - Dec 28, 2015

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: GOTTA DANCE opens in the Windy City and Linda Lavin returns to Broadway! (more...)

Public Theater Announces Cast of THE GABRIELS Three-Play Cycle
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2015

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the world premiere three-play cycle THE GABRIELS: Election Year in the Life of One Family, written and directed by Richard Nelson. Featuring the same core acting company for all three productions, Play One: HUNGRY, will begin previews on Saturday, February 27 and run through, Sunday, March 20, with an official press opening on Friday, March 4, 2016. The second play, WHAT DID YOU EXPECT?, will premiere in September and the final play in the new cycle, WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE, will open on election night, November 8, 2016. (more...)

MAGGIE SMITH: A BIOGRAPHY Set for Release, 12/29
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

MAGGIE SMITH: A BIOGRAPHY is set for release on December 29, 2015. (more...)

Full Cast Set for World Premiere of THE ODYSSEY: MISSING PRESUMED DEAD
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2015

English Touring Theatre and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse today announce the full cast for the world premiere of their co-production of The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead. The production reunites Simon Armitage and Nick Bagnall after their recent collaborations on The Last Days of Troy and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Nick Bagnall directs Lee Armstrong, Simon Dutton, Roger Evans, Polly Frame, David Hartley, Ranjit Krishnamma, Chris Reilly, Sule Rimi, Danusia Samal, Colin Tierney and Susie Trayling. (more...)

Signal Ensemble Theatre to Stage U.S Premiere of Nicolas Billon's BUTCHER
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2015

Signal Ensemble Theatre presents the United States premiere of Butcher by Nicolas Billon and directed by Signal Ensemble Member Bries Vannon at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice Ave., September 17 - October 24. Previews are Thursday, Sept.17 and Friday, Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. Opening/Press night is Saturday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m.Regular performances are Thursday - Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $23 for single tickets, $15 for industry/students/seniors/groups and $12 for previews. Tickets may be purchased by calling 773.698.7389 or by visiting www.signalensemble.com. (more...)

Eddie Korbich's One-Man Show TRU to Play Pittsburgh Public Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

Pittsburgh Public Theater presents Broadway actor Eddie Korbich as Truman Capote in TRU, a one-man play by Jay Presson Allen based on Capote's words and works. Directed by The Public's Producing Artistic Director Ted Pappas, TRU runs April 21 - May 22, 2016 at the O'Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater's home in the heart of Downtown's Cultural District. For tickets call 412.316.1600 or visit ppt.org. (more...)

Photo Flash: Dame Maggie Smith Opens SHAKESPEARE'S DEAD Exhibition at Oxford
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Dame Maggie Smith visited the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries yesterday to open SHAKESPEARE'S DEAD, the Libraries' summer exhibition. The celebrated actress joined donors and special guests, including renowned playwright Alan Bennett and Lord Patten of Barnes, the Chancellor of the University of Oxford, at the Bodleian's newly-refurbished Weston Library for the official opening of the exhibition, which runs until 18 September. Scroll down for photos from the opening! (more...)

DEAD SIMPLE Coming to Theatre Royal Glasgow
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2015

Following the critically acclaimed hit premiere stage production of Peter James' The Perfect Murder, the best-selling work of the No.1 novelist will return to the stage in 2015 with the adaptation of his most famous and popular book to date Dead Simple. A host of famous faces - including Gray O'Brien (Coronation Street) as Detective Roy Grace, Jamie Lomas (Eastenders, Hollyoaks) as Michael Harrison, Rik Makarem (Emmerdale, Torchwood) as Mark Warren, Michael McKell (Doctors, Emmerdale) as Bradley Cunningham and introducing Glasgow actress Gemma Stroyan (Taggart) as Ashley Harper - bring the next claustrophobically thrilling instalment of Peter James' work to life at the Theatre Royal Glasgow from Monday 18 until Saturday 23 May 2015. (more...)

Different Stages Presents CHARLEY'S AUNT, Now thru Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2015

Different Stages continues its 2014 - 2015 season with Brandon Thomas's Charley's Aunt. (more...)

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