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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.


Open Book: JERSEY BOYS' Co-Bookwriter Rick Elice's Journey From Actor To Tony-Nominated Author
by Michael Dale - May 30, 2016

A chance meeting at an opening night party changed the career of a young actor. (more...)

BEATLES BACK2BACK Back On Stage in Adelaide
by Marianka Swain - May 30, 2016

The Beatles have been a part of the soundtrack of the last four generations.  Whether you're 60 or 20, odds are that there is at least one Beatles' song on your iPod and that it's from Abbey Roador Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.  (more...)

BEATLES BACK2BACK Tour to Return to Australia This August
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2016

The Beatles have been a part of the soundtrack of the last four generations.  Whether you're 60 or 20, odds are that there is at least one Beatles' song on your iPod and that it's from Abbey Road or Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. They are quite simply the two most iconic albums of rock's golden age. First presented in 2011 to full houses and unprecedented acclaim a national tour of BEATLES BACK2BACK featuring these 2 albums performed back to back and track by track live on stage will return this August. (more...)

Photo Flash: Glenn Close Receives Inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award at Sharon Playhouse Season Benefit Gala
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

Sharon Playhouse, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Simpkins and Managing Director Justin Ball, awarded three-time Tony Award winning Glenn Close with the inaugural Marvin Hamlisch Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre at the Season Benefit Gala Saturday, May 21 on the Sharon Playhouse stage. Check out photos below! (more...)

Applied DNA Sciences to Present at Upcoming Mauldin Economics Strategic Investment Conference
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

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ABC Announces Cast of 'BACHELOR IN PARADISE, Premiering 8/2
by TV News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

The long awaited third season of last summer's genre-defying breakout hit series “Bachelor in Paradise” returns on TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 (8:00–10:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. (more...)

The MAC Sets 2016-16 Performing Series
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2016

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 Season Performance Series. Subscriptions are on sale now for an exciting selection of music, dance, theater, comedy and literature events showcasing a roster of world-class headliners. Single tickets go on sale at the Box Office Saturday, Aug. 6 at 11 a.m. (more...)

Virtual Visits Bring Peace of Mind to Rural Mercy patients
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2016

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Stage Door Theatre to Present THE SOUL OF MOTOR CITY, 6/10-7/17
by Carol Kassie - Jun 3, 2016

Kevin Black's The Soul of Motor City, which will open at Stage Door Theatre on June 10th and run through July 17th, is the happy realization of a personal goal for the multi-talented director/choreographer. (more...)

Freddie Fox, Clare Foster, Amy Morgan and More Announced for TRAVESTIES Revival
by Marianka Swain - Jun 29, 2016

Menier Chocolate Factory has announced further casting for its major revival of Tom Stoppard's TRAVESTIES. Joining Tom Hollander are: Clare Foster (Cecily), Freddie Fox (Tristan Tzara), Forbes Masson (Lenin), Peter McDonald (James Joyce), Amy Morgan (Gwendolen) and Sarah Quist (Nadya). Patrick Marber directs, and the production opens on 4 October, with previews from 22 September and runs until 19 November. Public booking opens today. (more...)

Aurora Extends 'MASTER HAROLD'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

Critics and audiences agree: "MASTER HAROLD"… and the boys are magnificent. Aurora Theatre Company announces that it will add an additional 7 performances of Athol Fugard's (Blood Knot, My Children! My Africa!) modern classic "MASTER HAROLD"… and the boys. (more...)

Patrick Marber Directs Tom Hollander in TRAVESTIES at Menier Chocolate Factory
by Marianka Swain - Jun 22, 2016

The Menier Chocolate Factory today announces a major new revival of Tom Stoppard's TRAVESTIES - the first London revival in over 20 years. Patrick Marber directs Tom Hollander as he returns to the stage to play Henry Carr. The production opens on 4 October, with previews from 22 September and runs until 19 November. (more...)

SHANGRI-LA to Make World Premiere at Finborough Theatre This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

Part of the Finborough Theatre's summer season of new writing, the world premiere of a first play by an exciting new playwright, Shangri-La by Amy Ng opens at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season on Tuesday, 12 July 2016 (Press Nights: Thursday, 14 July and Friday, 15 July 2016 at 7.30pm). (more...)

Studio Theatre Long Island to Stage New Play About Tennessee & Rose Williams
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

When David Dubin decided to direct a new play about Tennessee Williams and his sister Rose at Studio Theatre Long Island, he didn't have to look far to find a style. (more...)

James Dupre Releases New Album 'Stoned To Death'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2016

Summer 2016 continues to heat up for country newcomer James Dupré! Starting today, fans can purchase the highly anticipated new album on iTunes or order a physical copy at jamesdupre.com. The 10-song compilation, produced by Jordan Lehning, features James as a co-writer on seven of the 10 tracks along with hit-makers Jessi Alexander, Neal Coty, Clint Daniels and more. (more...)

New Pillsbury Girl Scout Cookie Inspired Baking Mixes Brings the Fun and Flavor of Girl Scout Cookies' to Snack Time
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

Pillsbury is excited to introduce its new licensing relationship with Girl Scouts of the USA to bring two of America's favorite Girl Scout Cookie flavors to the kitchen with NEW Pillsbury Girl Scouts Thin Mints and Caramel & Coconut Flavored Baking Mixes. (more...)

Castrol EDGE Introduces the Next Episode of its World Famous Titanium Trials With #CloneRival
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

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Writers Theatre Extends 'DEATH OF A STREETCAR'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

Writers Theatre, under leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, announces a second two-week extension of Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody created by Tim Ryder and Tim Sniffen, written by Tim Sniffen and directed by Stuart Carden and Michael Halberstam. Due to demand, the production now runs through August 14, 2016, as the inaugural production of the Gillian Theatre at Writers Theatre's new theater center at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. (more...)

THE REAL THING Opens 6/17 at the Black Box Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2016

No Strings Theatre Company presents Tom Stoppard's entertaining and engaging award-winning play, "The Real Thing" directed by NSTC's Artistic Director, Ceil Herman. The play opens at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N Main Street in Las Cruces runs through Sunday, July 3. (more...)

THE HUMANS' David Zinn Wins 2016 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play
by BWW News Desk - Jun 12, 2016

David Zinn has won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play for Roundabout Theatre Company's THE HUMANS.  (more...)

Josh Piven's MUDDLED, A STAGE COMEDY to Play Drexel URBN Annex
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

New York Times best-selling humorist Josh Piven brings his unique brand of comedy to Philadelphia with the world premiere of Muddled, A Stage Comedy, from June 16 through June 26 at Drexel URBN Annex (3401 Filbert St). Penned by the author of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook and directed by William Steinberger, Muddled gives theater audiences a best-case scenario for what happens when a group of hot-headed headbangers meet the home-grown hipsters of Brooklyn. In this craft brewed comedy, Piven trades navigating alligator pits for navigating mosh pits, and surviving frostbite for surviving the frosty bite of a quick-witted hipster. Muddled is Piven's second play, following 2013's hit No Reservations. (more...)

Who Will Win at the 2016 Tony Awards? We Compare Year By Year!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jun 10, 2016

The 70th Annual Tony Awards are this Sunday June 12th at 8/9c hosted by James Corden. It's the biggest award show of the Broadway season and it closes out a long awards season for Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals and plays. We can't help but wonder what chances this year's Best Musical and Best Play nominees have of taking home the ultimate prize. (more...)

BWW Blog: Director Gary Condes on Neil LaBute's SOME GIRL(S)
by Guest Blogger: Gary Condes - Jul 8, 2016

When I was first approached to direct this play I wasn't sure I wanted to do it. Some Girl(s) has a main character who appears, on first and second reading, to be a prize cock who exhibits a host of unflattering male traits. On the page he was not a likeable man. Add to that the play's simplistic and seemingly undramatic form, basically four two-handers in a row taking place in one hotel room - I didn't respond warmly to it. (more...)

BWW Review: ABT's SLEEPING BEAUTY
by Barnett Serchuk - Jul 6, 2016

Alexei Ratmansky's 2015 version of 'Sleeping Beauty,' based on the Stepanov notation of the original 1890 version, as well as Diaghilev's production in 1921, has always posed a problem for me. I saw it last year with a friend, and our reaction was the same: why do we need this new 'Sleeping Beauty?' It's beautiful to look at, lavish to the extreme, but is there anything really new in this 'Sleeping Beauty' that we have not seen before? With every new version of this classic we want to see the choreographer's mind and heart at work; why was this warhorse tackled again? What speaks to the soul, how can the ballet literally take wings and have us fly with it? That is the problem with 'Sleeping Beauty.' For all its beauty, it remains earthbound. It's better to read about than view. History is indeed interesting, but not at these prices, especially if you're trying to build a new audience as the baby boomers are now in their sixties and moving on. Who will take their places at the ballet, especially at these prices? (more...)

BWW Review: ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2016: THE LAST GALAH Was A Great Way To Finish
by Barry Lenny - Jul 3, 2016

Everybody took to the stage for the rousing finale, including the stage crew. (more...)

BWW Review: A Riveting MAY QUEEN Arrives at the Cape Playhouse
by Kristen Morale - Jul 29, 2016

Premiering at the Cape Playhouse, The May Queen, written by Molly Smith Metzler and now directed by Amanda Charlton, comes to the stage and brings with it the sort of office lethargy that almost comes too close to The Real Thing. If you've ever worked in an office setting before, the moment David walks tiredly into the room you are already nodding your head in acknowledgement of the silent aggravation and gradual hopelessness the situation brings forth. (more...)

Review Roundup: HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD
by Review Roundups - Jul 25, 2016

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD has its official opening this week, with a special gala performance on Saturday 30 July. The eighth story in the Harry Potter series, and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage, is one play presented in two parts. Both parts are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings. (more...)

Nicky Silver's THIS DAY FORWARD to Premiere at Vineyard Theatre This Fall; Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2016

The world premiere of Nicky Silver's play THIS DAY FORWARD will open Vineyard Theatre's 2016-2017 season with previews beginning on Thursday, November 3 and opening on Monday, November 21. (more...)

Elements Theatre to Crown Summer 2016 with Shakespeare's KING LEAR
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Crowning its year-long tribute to Shakespeare's 400th anniversary, Elements Theatre Company presents King Lear under the direction of Danielle Dwyer, CJ. In the striking outdoor setting of the Atrium of the Church of the Transfiguration, the members of Elements Theatre Company bring all of their passionate dedication and expertise to the Bard's riveting portrayal of a kingdom and families torn apart. Press night is Opening night, August 12, 7:00pm guest lecture Dr. Kathryn Moncrief, followed by outdoor performance 8:00pm. (more...)

Aurora Extends 'MASTER HAROLD' Once More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

Critics and audiences agree: 'MASTER HAROLD'... and the boys are magnificent. Aurora Theatre Company announces that it will add an additional 4 performances of Athol Fugard's (Blood Knot, My Children! My Africa!) modern classic 'MASTER HAROLD'... and the boys to the previously announced 7 performance extension. Former San Jose Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Timothy Near helms 'MASTER HAROLD'... and the boys, featuring L. Peter Callender (Breakfast With Mugabe, The Soldier's Tale and Permanent Collection), Adrian Roberts (Breakfast With Mugabe), and Andrew Humann (Shotgun Players, San Francisco Playhouse, Berkeley Playhouse). 'MASTER HAROLD'... and the boys now plays through July 31st (added performances: Thursday, July 28, 8pm; Friday, July 29, 8pm; Saturday, July 30, 8pm; Sunday, July 31, 2pm) at the Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley. For tickets and information the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. (more...)

St Petersberg Ballet to Bring SWAN LAKE to Her Majesty's Theatre in December
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

Hailed from London to Paris, the internationally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet will commence their first Australian tour in fifteen years in Adelaide at Her Majesty's Theatre from 7-11 December 2016. The Company will present their full-length classic production of the world's most loved ballet, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Tickets go on sale fromFriday 15 July through all BASS outlets and BASS online.  (more...)

Tony Nominee Carrie Coon Tapped for Lead Role in FARGO Season 3
by TV News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

Tony nominee Carrie Coon will soon join Ewan McGregor in the third season of FX's hit anthology series FARGO, according to TVLine. (more...)

TimeLine Theatre Company Sets Cast, Creative Team for BAKERSFIELD MIST
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

TimeLine Theatre Company opens its 20th anniversary season with the Chicago premiere of BAKERSFIELD MIST. Inspired by a true story and featuring TimeLine Company Member Janet Ulrich Brooks (TimeLine's The Apple Family Plays and 33 Variations; Goodman Theatre's 2666) and TimeLine Associate Artist Mike Nussbaum(TimeLine's THE PRICE and THE APPLE FAMILY PLAYS; Goodman's SMOKEFALL) in the two-person cast, BAKERSFIELD MIST is 'a perfect marriage of emotion and ideas that is rare indeed' (Los Angeles Times). (more...)

Sharon Hendrix Releases Her Retro-Summertime Fun 'Frazzelmatic' Video
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2016

After years of working just 20 feet from stardom Sharon “Muffy” Hendrix has stepped into the spotlight. (more...)

St Petersburg Ballet Will Bring SWAN LAKE to Her Majesty's Theatre UPDATE: Performance Added 12/11
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2016

Hailed from London to Paris, the internationally acclaimed St Petersburg Ballet will commence their first Australian tour in fifteen years in Adelaide at Her Majesty's Theatre from 13 - 18 December 2016. The Company will present their full-length classic production of the world's most loved ballet, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. Tickets go on sale from Friday 15 July through all BASS outlets and BASS online. (more...)

Tony Winner Harriet Harris and More Board THE ROADS TO HOME at Primary Stages; Cast Complete!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2016

Primary Stages, in association with Catherine Adler, Jamie deRoy, and David Richenthal, has announced complete casting for the first show of the 2016/17 season, THE ROADS TO HOME, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote (Harrison, TX). (more...)

Nevada Ballet Theatre Announces 2017 Woman Of The Year Vanessa Williams
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

Nevada Ballet Theatre (NBT) announces today that renowned singer, actress, author and fashion designer,  Vanessa Williams, will serve as Woman of the Year for the 33rd Annual Black & White Ball, with The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC) as the Presenting Sponsor. As a Tony Award, Grammy Award and three-time Emmy Award nominated performer, Williams' dedication to the performing arts through her varied and esteemed career, as well as her unwavering philanthropy to numerous charitable causes, will be celebrated on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at ARIA Resort & Casino, CityCenter, as part of the 45-year-old ballet company's largest annual fundraiser and one of the city's most highly-anticipated social events.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Dorothy Bishop brings The Dozen Divas Show to the Metropolitan Room
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 27, 2016

The Dozen Divas (Dorothy Bishop) performed at at the Metropolitan Room last night and Broadwayworld was there.  This was a special show to celebrate the birthday of Sandra McFarland and all the  divas present came wrapped up in one person: international performer and 'America's Got Talent' finalist Dorothy Bishop. (more...)

LOVE JONES, THE MUSICAL Comes to the Morris Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2016

LOVE JONES, THE MUSICAL, comes to the Morris Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, September 28, at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

BWW Interview: John Copeland on What Anita Bryant Did & Has Done for Him Lately
by Gil Kaan - Aug 25, 2016

Playwright/actor John Copeland's latest theatrical project ANITA BRYANT'S PLAYBOY INTERVIEW recounts a specific incident in the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction saga of the former Miss Oklahoma and runner-up to Miss America whose 'Save Our Children' campaign fought to repeal gay rights in Dale County, Florida in 1977.  (more...)

Cast Complete for Rachel Weisz-Led Revival of PLENTY at The Public
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the first major New York revival of David Hare's PLENTY. Directed by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux and featuring the previously announced Rachel Weisz and Corey Stoll, the show will begin previews on Tuesday, October 4 and run through Sunday, November 6, with an official press opening on Thursday, October 20. (more...)

Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars Distill the Spirit of Louisiana in GULFSTREAM
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2016

By the muddy bayou, under moss-strung oaks, American rock 'n' roll was born--or at least, one of its many forms. It flourished in small bars and dancehalls, on local radio stations, in family vinyl collections, long before it morphed into its current commercial form. It's still alive and kicking, thanks to bands like Lafayette, Louisiana's Roddie Romero and the Hub City All-Stars. (more...)

Full Cast Announced For TRAVESTIES at Menier Chocolate Factory
by Marianka Swain - Aug 19, 2016

The Menier Chocolate Factory today announces the full company for a major new revival of Tom Stoppard's TRAVESTIES - the first London revival in over 20 years. Patrick Marber directs Clare Foster (Cecily), Freddie Fox (Tristan Tzara), Tom Hollander (Henry Carr), Forbes Masson (Lenin), Peter McDonald (James Joyce), Amy Morgan (Gwendolen), Sarah Quist (Nadya) and Tim Wallers (Bennett). The production - which opens on 4 October, with previews from 22 September and runs until 19 November - is now completely sold out, breaking Menier box office records by becoming the first play to sell out ahead of its opening in the theatre's history. (more...)

Long Beach Playhouse to Stage Wilde-ly Feminine THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

Only one other writer could compete with Shakespeare for the title of the most quoted playwright, and that is Oscar Wilde. Long Beach playhouse takes on an all female cast with The Importance of Being Earnest directed by 'Phie Mura in the Studio. (more...)

LOVE JONES THE MUSICAL Set For National Fall Tour
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

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The Rock Tour of the Century is Coming - Guns N' Roses 'Not In This Lifetime'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Following months of speculation from rock music fans across the country Paul Dainty President CEO of TEG DAINTY today announced dates for the Australian leg of Guns N' Roses Not in this Lifetime mammoth stadium tour. (more...)

The Dragon Theatre Presents the Existential Classic Waiting For Godot
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

Voted 'the most significant English language play of the 20th century" in a survey of playwrights, Waiting for Godot is considered a masterpiece of surrealist existentialism. Two wandering vagabonds, Vladimir and Estragon, wait by a lonely tree, to meet up with Mr. Godot, an enigmatic figure in a world where time, place and memory are blurred and meaning is where you find it. The men hope that Godot will change their lives for the better. Instead, two eccentric travelers arrive, one man on the end of the other's rope. The results are both surprisingly funny and somehow touching, and the trip will bend your brain in this vigorous conception of Samuel Beckett's classic. (more...)

R&B Supergroup Boyz II Men at SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre Aug. 29
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2016

Boyz II Men, the best-selling R&B group in musical history, will show why the four-time Grammy Award winners consistently draw sell-out crowds nationwide when they perform at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre in Orem on Monday, August 29. (more...)

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY to Open Folger Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Folger Theatre's 2016/17 season kicks off with an inspired stage adaptation of one of literature's most cherished novels, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. (more...)

Aurora Theatre Opens 25th Season with DEAR MASTER
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Aurora Theatre Company proudly opens its 25th anniversary season with a revival of the play that started it all, DEAR MASTER. Joy Carlin (The How and The Why, Talley's Folly, Jack Goes Boating) helms this elegant portraitfeaturing Bay Area favorite Michael Ray Wisely (The Letters, The Arsonists) and Aurora's first leading lady Kimberly King (Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance), wife of Aurora co-founder Ken Grantham, who played Flaubert in the original production. DEAR MASTER plays September 2 through October 2 at the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. For tickets ($32-56) and information the public can call (510) 843-4822 or visit auroratheatre.org. (more...)

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