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The Real Thing is a play by Tom Stoppard, first performed in 1982. It examines the nature of honesty, and its use of a play within a play is one of many levels on which the author teases the audience with the difference between semblance and reality.

The play focuses on the relationship between Henry and Annie, an actress who is part of a committee to free Brodie, a Scottish soldier imprisoned for burning a memorial wreath during a protest.

Roundabout's JUST JIM DALE Begins Performances on May 15
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2014

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is thrilled to present Tony Award® winner, two-time Grammy Award winner and two-time Academy Award® nominee Jim Dale in his solo show, Just Jim Dale, directed by Tony Award winner Richard Maltby, Jr. (more...)

Court Theatre's 59th Season Closes with David Henry Hwang's M. BUTTERFLY, Now thru 5/16
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2014

Court Theatre closes its 2013-2014 season with the Chicago premiere of M. Butterfly written by David Henry Hwang and directed by Artistic Director Charles Newell, with choreography by Jamie Guan. M. Butterfly will run today, May 8 - June 8, 2014 at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. Press Opening is Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 8:00PM. (more...)

Gina McKee & More Join Cast of Trafalgar Transformed's RICHARD III
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2014

Gina McKee (Di & Viv & Rose, King Lear, Ivanov, Our Friends In The North, Notting Hill) will play Queen Elizabeth, alongside the previously announced Martin Freeman (more...)

Gina McKee Joins Martin Freeman In Cast Of RICHARD III
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2014

Gina McKee (Di & Viv & Rose, King Lear, Ivanov, Our Friends In The North, Notting Hill) will play Queen Elizabeth, alongside the previously announced Martin Freeman (Clybourne Park, The Hobbit, Sherlock, Fargo) as Richard III in Jamie Lloyd's first production of his second season at Trafalgar Transformed, Richard III, running from 1 July to 27 September, with press night on 8 July. (more...)

The Fab Four Beatles Tribute Band to Play Indian Ranch, 8/23
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2014

If you want to experience the best Beatles tribute ever, you won't want to miss The Fab Four-The Ultimate Tribute. The Fab Four is elevated far above every other Beatles Tribute due to their precise attention to detail. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles' classics such as 'Can't Buy Me Love,' 'Yesterday,' 'A Day In The Life,' 'Twist And Shout,' 'Here Comes The Sun,' and 'Hey Jude', the Fab Four will make you think you are watching The Real Thing. The Fab Four will perform at Indian Ranch in Webster, MA on Saturday, August 23rd at 2PM. Tickets go on-sale Wednesday, May 7th at 10AM. (more...)

Writers Theatre Premieres DAYS LIKE TODAY, Now thru 7/13
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2014

Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma announce Writers Theatre's World Premiere production of Days Like Today, with music and lyrics by Alan Schmuckler and book by Laura Eason, directed by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam, music direction by Doug Peck and choreography by Tommy Rapley. The production runs today, May 6-July 13, 2014 at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The press opening is May 22, 2014 at 7:30pm. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in St. Paul - Week of 5/04/2014
by BWW - May 4, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 5/04/2014 for St. Paul (more...)

First-Ever "Auction at Graceland" to Take Place During Elvis Week This August
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

Elvis Presley's Graceland will be hosting its first-ever auction of Graceland-authenticated Elvis artifacts during Elvis Week in Memphis this August. This unprecedented 'Auction at Graceland' will be the first auction of a limited number of Elvis artifacts authenticated by the archivists at Graceland, and the first-ever to take place at Graceland. The auction is scheduled for Thursday, August 14, 2014, with fans and private collectors from around the world expected to participate onsite and online. Graceland also announced the launch of Graceland Authentication, a new professional service for private Elvis Presley collectors, who can now have their artifacts authenticated and appraised by the highly-experienced archive staff at Graceland. (more...)

Blake Entertainment & QPAC Present World Premiere of ROLLING THUNDER VIETNAM, 14 August
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2014

The powerful new Australian concert drama Rolling Thunder Vietnam will world premiere in Brisbane on 14 August 2014 prior to a national tour. Set in the Vietnam War era, the evocative and stirring production showcases some of the greatest rock songs ever produced performed by some of Australia's greatest singer-actors and musicians. The show features the music of Steppenwolf, Joe Cocker, Buffalo Springfield, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Gladys Knight, Billy Thorpe, The Rolling Stones and Curtis Mayfield just to name a few. (more...)

Pear Avenue Theatre to Present PYGMALION, 6/20-7/14
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2014

The Pear Avenue Theatre's closing production of its 13th season celebrates the 100th anniversary of a classic play from one of our most revered and beloved playwrights, George Bernard Shaw. Written in 1912, Pygmalion premiered on the London stage in April, 2014, and became an instant hit for Shaw and his leading lady, Stella Campbell, in the role of Eliza. Audiences for the last century have enjoyed this timeless tale of an East End flower girl and her West End phonetics tutor. Pear veteran actor and director Michael Champlin helms the production, which runs June 20 through July 13, 2014 (no performance on July 4th). (more...)

Alexander Sharp & More to Star in CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME on Broadway; Full Casting Announced
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2014

Casting has been announced for the National Theatre production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME (more...)

Save up to $48 per ticket on Cabaret with Alan Cumming and Michelle Williams
by Contests - Broadway - May 21, 2014

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BWW Interview: Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus Presents LESLIE JORDAN: SHOW PONY Tonight in Palm Springs Premiere
by David Green - May 17, 2014

The Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus (PSGMC) will present Gala 15 and the Palm Springs premiere of Emmy Award winning actor/comedian/stage performer Leslie Jordan's new show titled 'Show Pony' at The Hard Rock Hotel tonight, May 17 at 6:30p.m. I had the chance to sit chat with the hilarious and engaging Mr. Jordan as he prepares for his Palm Springs Premiere - here are a few excerpts from that interview... (more...)

ROLLING THUNDER VIETNAM, Starring Wes Carr, to Kick Off National Tour Aug 14
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

The powerful new Australian concert drama Rolling Thunder Vietnam will world premiere in Brisbane on 14 August 2014 prior to a national tour. (more...)

ROLLING THUNDER VIETNAM to Premiere in Brisbane this August Before Launching National Tour
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

The powerful new Australian concert drama Rolling Thunder Vietnam will world premiere in Brisbane on 14 August 2014 prior to a national tour. (more...)

Roundabout's JUST JIM DALE Begins Performances Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Roundabout Theatre Company presents Tony Award winner, two-time Grammy Award winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Jim Dale in his solo show, Just Jim Dale, directed by Tony Award winner Richard Maltby, Jr. Just Jim Dale begins tonight, May 15 and officially opens on Tuesday, June 3 at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 46th Street). This will be a limited engagement. (more...)

Glenn Close to Return to Broadway Opposite Lithgow, Duncan, Balaban, Higgins & Plimpton in Edward Albee's A DELICATE BALANCE
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Lindsay Duncan, Bob Balaban, Clare Higgins, and Martha Plimpton will star in a new Broadway production of Edward Albee's A DELICATE BALANCE this fall at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). The production, which will be directed by Pam MacKinnon, begins previewsMonday, October 20 and plays an 18-week limited engagement through Sunday, February 22, 2015. Opening night is Thursday, November 20. (more...)

It's Official! Kristin Chenoweth to Return to Broadway with Peter Gallagher in ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY in Spring 2015
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2014

It's been rumored, talked about, discussed and we've been reporting on it for what feels like forever -- and now, it's official! Roundabout Theatre Company has announced that it will present Tony & Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth as 'Lily Garland' and Golden Globe & SAG Award winner & Tony nominee Peter Gallagher as 'Oscar Jaffe' in a new Broadway production of the classic musical ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, directed by Scott Ellis and choreographed by Warren Carlyle. ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY features music by Cy Coleman and book & lyrics by Betty Comden & Adolph Green. (more...)

CHICAGO Announces New Album; Confirms Summer Tour Dates
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

CHICAGO-one of the longest running, successful and iconic rock bands in American musical history-is set to release their 36th album 'NOW' CHICAGO XXXVI in the U.S. July 8 via Frontiers Records. (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - New MTV Singing Competition COPYCAT, Premiering 6/2
by TV News Desk - May 12, 2014

MTV takes the world of singing competitions to new heights this summer when new series, "Copycat" premieres on Monday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT. (more...)

BWW INTERVIEW: The Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus Presents LESLIE JORDAN: SHOW PONY On 5/17 In Palm Springs Premiere
by David Green - May 12, 2014

The Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus (PSGMC) will present Gala 15 and the Palm Springs premiere of Emmy® Award winning actor/comedian/stage performer Leslie Jordan's new show titled 'Show Pony' at The Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday, May 17 at 6:30p.m. ?Best known for his movie roles in 'Sordid Lives,' 'Southern Baptist Sissies' and 'The Help' as well as his sidesplitting TV role as Beverly Leslie on 'Will And Grace,' Mr. Jordan will tell the hilarious tale of how life was supposed to be after reaching one of the highlights in his career, winning the Emmy® in 2006, in his new one-man smash hit 'Show Pony.'? I had the chance to sit chat with the hilarious and engaging Mr. Jordan as he prepares for his Palm Springs Premiere– here are a few excerpts from that interview: (more...)

Skylight Theatre to Bring YEARS TO THE DAY to 59E59, Edinburgh Fringe, Summer 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Skylight Theatre Company sends original work to New York and Edinburgh Fringe Festival - YEARS TO THE DAY, A DARK COMEDY written by Allen Barton and directed by Joel Polis. Performances will run: July 8th - 12th at 59 E. 59th St, New York AND July 30th - Aug 24th at Ines Wurth, Pleasance Road, Edinburgh. (more...)

Laila Robins & Corey Stoll to Join Showtime's HOMELAND for Season 4
by TV News Desk - Jun 3, 2014

Laila Robins (Bored To Death, In Treatment) and Golden Globe® nominee Corey Stoll (House of Cards) have joined the fourth season of the Emmy® and Golden Globe Award-winning drama series (more...)

Photo Flash: More Photos from Bay Street Theater's TRAVESTIES Released, Now Through 7/20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2014

Bay Street Theater is pleased to announce that the Tony award-winning comedy TRAVESTIES, by Tom Stoppard, is now on stage through July 20. The production is directed by Gregory Boyd. Tickets can be purchased online now at www.baystreet.org or by calling the Box Office at 631-725-9500, 11 am to Showtime. For more information about Bay Street Theater log on to www.baystreet.org. (more...)

BWW Reviews: ARTHUR PITA: THE WORLD'S GREATEST SHOW, Greenwich Dance Academy, June 28 2014
by Gary Naylor - Jun 28, 2014

Gary Naylor sees a piece of dance-theatre that covers the familiar ground of the Depression-era US dancing marathons that cruelly manipulated both competitors and audiences with ruthless cruelty. (more...)

Tickets to Roundabout's 2014-15 Season, Featuring Kristin Chenoweth, Ewan McGregor & More, Now Available for Email Club Members
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

Roundabout Theatre Company has announced that tickets for the upcoming productions of Indian Ink (starring Rosemary Harris), The Real Thing (starring Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Cynthia Nixon), On The Twentieth Century (starring Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher), and Into The Woods will be available to members of the Roundabout Email Club for an exclusive pre-sale period. Join the Roundabout Email Club at www.roundabouttheatre.org before July 6 to be eligible for this exclusive pre-sale for Roundabout's 2014-2015 productions. (more...)

Utah Symphony to Perform Music of John Williams & U2 at Deer Valley Music Festival, 7/11
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

Music from iconic big screen movies will echo off the hillside on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM as guest conductor Jeff Tyzik leads the Utah Symphony in a performance of John Williams' classic soundtracks during week two of the Deer Valley Music Festival. (more...)

SPANK!, Kathleen Madigan, Holiday Shows, The Freddy Awards, SISTER ACT & More Set for State Theatre Center for the Arts' 88th Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

The State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, PA, announces its 88th Season. Tickets for the new season will go on sale to State Theatre Members on Thursday, August 5th, to the public on Tuesday, August 19th. (more...)

CNBC Program Changes for June 23 and 24
by TV News Desk - Jun 19, 2014

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The Shakespeare Theatre Presents Shaw's THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2014

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents George Bernard Shaw's Revolutionary War dramaThe Devil's Disciple. Just in time for the Fourth of July and the 350th anniversary of New Jersey's charter, The Devil's Disciple celebrates the spirit and honor of the everyday people who fought for our nation's independence. (more...)

Steve Rodgers' FOOD Coming to Glen Street Theatre Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

Food, the delicious play by theatrical marvel Steve Rodgers, comes to Glen Street Theatre next month following sell-out seasons in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. (more...)

BWW Reviews: The Theater's THE REAL THING
by Rebecca Goering - Jun 14, 2014

Tom Stoppard's autobiographical parallel The Real Thing focuses on the successful playwright Henry and his close circle of family and friends. Starring his wife, Charlotte, Henry's newest work examines the intricacies of love, honesty and infidelity. Soon, as this play within a play continues, the lines between fiction and reality start to blur. Relationships break, bend and change, as lust, deceit and selfishness take center stage, leaving us all searching for 'The Real Thing'. (more...)

BWW Reviews: SEX, LIES AND SOCIAL MEDIA Presents 5 Stories About Modern Relationships
by Shari Barrett - Jun 10, 2014

Mariah Bonner strikes quite a figure as the narrator of these 5 short plays by The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP). Encouraging the audience to post on social media about the show, many in the audience were more than happy to oblige! Each of the 5 plays poses questions about sexual orientation, attraction, and how social media has affected our relationships. Each story is simple in the telling, but deep in human interaction. (more...)

Gift Theatre's OTHELLO Begins Performances Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2014

The Gift Theatre's contemporary production of Othello, starring Kareem Bandealy as Othello and artistic director and ensemble member Michael Patrick Thornton as villainous Iago, begins previews this Thursday, July 10. Directed by Jonathan Berry (Dirty), this marks The Gift Theatre's first Shakespeare production ever mounted in its intimate 40-seat theater and Berry's Shakespearean directorial debut. Othello runs July 17-August 24 at The Gift, www.thegifttheatre.org (more...)

LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE Set for FringeNYC, 8/8-24
by BWW News Desk - Jul 8, 2014

Following a sold out run at Manhattan Repertory Theatre in early 2014, Working Artists Theatre Project (Jessica Dermody, Chad Luke Schiro, and Charlie Sutton - Producing Artistic Directors), in association with Karah Gravatt and Robert Tyrer, presents the official New York premiere of Warren Doody's powerful play Life Without Parole, as part of the 18th Annual New York International Fringe Festival, - FringeNYC. August 8th - 24th. (more...)

HBO to Film Career Conversation Between Mike Nichols and Jack O'Brien on 7/11
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2014

On Friday, July 11th (7:00PM) HBO will film a rare one-on-one conversation with legendary director Mike NIchols about his life and work with theatre director Jack O'Brien, at the Golden Theatre (252 W 45th St.). An air date has not yet been announced. For tickets, visit: http://www.theblacklistnyc.com/nichols (more...)

Single Tickets for The Center for the Performing Arts' 2014-15 Go on Sale 7/28
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

Single tickets for the 2014-15 season at the Center for the Performing Arts -- home of the Palladium, the Tarkington Theater, and Studio Theater -- are available for purchase on Monday, July 28. Starting at 6 a.m. Monday, single tickets are available for purchase online at www.TheCenterPresents.org. At 8 a.m. tickets are on sale at the Palladium box office (Third Avenue SW & City Center Drive). At 10 a.m. phone sales begin at 317-843-3800. (more...)

Dominique Morisseau, David Bar Katz and More to Star in SATC's BASTARDS OF STRINDBERG, 9/2-21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 25, 2014

Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC) will present the World Premiere of BASTARDS OF STRINDBERG. This evening of short works inspired by Strindberg's iconic Miss Julie is written by four exciting contemporary playwrights: Dominique Morisseau (Detroit '67), David Bar Katz (Tony nominee for Freak), Andreas Boonstra (winner of Sweden's Thaliapriset award) and Lina Ekdahl (winner of Sweden's Werner Aspenstrom Award). Directed by Henning Hegland and Alicia Dhyan House, previews begin September 2 at Off-Broadway's The Lion Theater at Theatre Row. Opening night is set for September 5. (more...)

Roundabout offers unbeatable value on the best of Broadway
by Contests - Broadway - Jul 25, 2014

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BWW Reviews: The Bolshoi Ballet's DON QUIXOTE
by Holly Kerr - Jul 24, 2014

The brilliant beautiful and bold Bolshoi Ballet. (more...)

BWW Reviews: JERSEY BOYS is Sensational!
by Herbert Paine - Jul 24, 2014

Jersey Boys is far more than a jukebox musical. It is deeper and richer in story line, texture, and technique than most~ a tale of invention, of the creative work-in-progress, the sometimes perilous and sometimes glorious alchemy that, in the case of four young men from the gritty streets of Newark, transforms them into one of America's iconic rock and pop groups. And their story is brilliantly conveyed in perfect harmony by Hayden Milanes (whose tenor falsetto is spot-on Valli), Nicolas Dromard, Quinn VanAntwerp, and Adam Zelasko. (more...)

Tim Quartier, Lianne Marie Dobbs & More Join Cast of Orlando Shakespeare Theater's LES MISERABLES
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF has announced partial casting for LES MISERABLES. (more...)

Tickets to The Dan Band, Martin Sexton, Popovich Pet Theater, John Waters, and Midtown Men at bergenPAC On Sale 7/25
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2014

New shows go on sale this week at bergenPAC include The Dan Band, Friday September 26th, see Martin Sexton Saturday, January 10th, 2015, then don't miss the family favorite Popovich Pet Theater, March 28th 2015, An Evening with filmographer John Waters Sunday, April 12th and don't miss Midtown Men presented by PBS/WNET TV on Thursday, May 28th 2015 at 8PM--Tickets for these shows go on sale Friday, July 25th at 11AM. Be sure to reserve your tickets at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling bergenPAC's Box Office at 201.227.1030. (more...)

Long Beach Playhouse's 85th Mainstage Season to Include 'SALESMAN,' 'SUPERSTAR,' 'STARK' & More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

The Long Beach Playhouse iwill present its 2014 - 2015 Mainstage season opening September 27. This year's offerings are an exhilarating mix of suspense, comedy and, of course, drama. As always, the works are selected with the audience in mind and with a goal to create a mosaic of plays that entertain and engage the hearts and minds of those who attend. Well-known playwrights including Agatha Christie and Arthur Miller intermingle with contemporary writers like Tom Stoppard and Lynn Nottage to bring an outstanding mix of classic favorites and new works to the Mainstage. This is a season you won't want to miss. (more...)

Tom Stoppard Reveals Title of His New Play for the National
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

Tom Stoppard's new play at the National now has a name. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 7/16/14 - PUMP BOYS & DINETTES, 'WIDOW' at Powerhouse, 'LOVE' at WTF, 'FIDDLER' at Goodspeed and More!
by Jessica Showers - Jul 16, 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: Encores! Off-Center's PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES opens tonight, and the regional theatre scene explodes tonight with Kyra Sedgwick starring in Powerhouse's THE DANISH WIDOW, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF opening at Goodspeed, and LIVING ON LOVE making its world premiere with Renee Fleming in Williamstown! (more...)

Josh Hamilton joins the cast of The Real Thing
by Roundabout Theatre Company - Jul 15, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Josh Hamilton will play 'Max' opposite Ewan McGregor ('Henry'), Maggie Gyllenhaal('Annie') and Cynthia Nixon ('Charlotte') inTom Stoppard's Tony® Award-winning playThe Real Thing, directed by Sam Gold. (more...)

Josh Hamilton Joins Ewan McGregor, Maggie Gyllenhaal & More in Broadway-Bound THE REAL THING
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) just announced that Josh Hamilton will play 'Max' opposite Ewan McGregor ('Henry'), Maggie Gyllenhaal ('Annie') and Cynthia Nixon ('Charlotte') in Tom Stoppard's Tony® Award-winning play The Real Thing, directed by Sam Gold. (more...)

Starlite Diner Chooses IXcellerate Moscow One Datacentre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

LONDON and MOSCOW, July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ (more...)

ABC Reveals Shocking Twist for BACHELOR IN PARADISE, Premiering 8/4
by TV News Desk - Jul 14, 2014

This summer, 25 of “The Bachelor's” biggest stars and most controversial contestants are back looking for a second chance at love on “Bachelor in Paradise.” (more...)

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