THE MOUNTAINTOP to Launch People's Light's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

On the eve of a day that would forever change America, an irreverent and mysterious maid visits Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, and inspires the civil rights leader to reexamine his strongest beliefs and dearest hopes. In the Olivier Award-winning drama The Mountaintop, playing on the Steinbright Stage at People's Light from September 28-October 30, 2016, playwright Katori Hall guides us to the summit of MLK's historic life to offer a stunning new view of his dream for our nation. (more...)

BWW Interview - Special CATS Debut of the Month Series: Daniel Gaymon
by Caryn Robbins - Sep 9, 2016

This month, BWW's Debut of the Month column features four of the talented actors who are making their Broadway debuts in the exciting revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's iconic musical CATS. Today we speak with Daniel Gaymon, who makes his Broadway debut in the dual role of  Plato/Macavity (more...)

BWW Interview: Chante Adams in August Wilson's MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at TRT 9/10 to 10/9
by Marina Kennedy - Sep 8, 2016

Two River Theater launches its 2016/2017 season with August Wilson's 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' from 9/10 to 10/9. The show is directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Broadwayworld.com interviewed Chante Adams who will play Dussie Mae in the show. (more...)

Adam Szymkowicz, Chris Miller & Nathan Tysen and Josefina Lopez Tapped for Dramatists Guild Fund's Traveling Masters Program
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

Dramatists Guild Fund President Andrew Lippa and Executive Director Rachel Routh announce three additional Traveling Masters events for the fall: Adam Szymkowicz (Clown Bar), Chris Miller & Nathan Tysen (Tuck Everlasting), and Josefina Lopez (Real Women Have Curves). (more...)

Barbra Streisand Tapped as Chairperson for World Trade Center's New Performing Arts Space
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

The board of directors of the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center (The Perelman Center) and President & Director Maggie Boepple today unveiled the design for the new performing arts center, located at the World Trade Center site.  Set to open in 2020, The Perelman Center will produce and premiere theater, dance, music, film, opera, and multidisciplinary works while offering a range of amenities for visitors and residents in the Lower Manhattan community.  (more...)

MVT Opens 48th Season With IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Manoa Valley Theatre opens its 2016-17 season in a Hawaii premiere with the musical comedy It Shoulda Been You, by Brian Hargrove & Barbara Anselmi, from the 2015 Broadway season. The Bride is Jewish. The groom is Catholic. Her mother is a force of nature, his mother is a tempest in a cocktail shaker. When the bride's ex-boyfriend shows up, the perfect wedding starts to unravel faster than you can whistle, "Here Comes the Bride!" Plots are hatched, pacts are made, secrets exposed-and the sister of the bride is left to turn a tangled mess into happily ever after! (more...)

BWW Interview: Meet THE ROADS TO HOME's Brilliant Couple of Hallie Foote and Devon Abner
by Marissa Sblendorio - Sep 6, 2016

THE ROADS TO HOME is the first production in Primary Stages' 2016-17 season. In this collection of one-act plays, Horton Foote illustrates the lives of three Texan women in the 1920s as they struggle to understand what the concept of home means for each of them. THE ROADS TO HOME offers a rare chance to experience a Foote gem not seen on the New York stage in over 25 years and is directed by Foote's longtime collaborator, Michael Wilson. (more...)

BWW Blog: Alyssa Sileo - Love Letters to High School: ACTing Out at GCIT Freshmen Orientation
by Guest Blogger: Alyssa Sileo - Sep 6, 2016

I can think of only one thing that's better than theatre outreach--and that is using said outreach to welcome freshmen.  (more...)

People's Light Presents Olivier Award-Winning THE MOUNTAINTOP
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2016

On the eve of a day that would forever change America, an irreverent and mysterious maid visits Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, and inspires the civil rights leader to reexamine his strongest beliefs and dearest hopes. (more...)

BWW Interview: The Ensemblist Podcast Returns for a Second Season
by Ashlee Latimer - Sep 4, 2016

Known as 'the only podcast that shows you Broadway from the inside out,' The Ensemblist podcast has become the champion of the unsung performance heroes and inner workings of the theatre world. Co-created and co-hosted by Nikka Graff Lanzarote (Chicago, Women on the Verge) and Mo Brady (SMASH, The Addams Family), the podcast has covered everything from the Gypsy Robe ceremony, to the audition process, to what it's like to be a Broadway babysitter during its first three years on the air. Now, following a successful first season covering the 'Ensemblist Essentials,' this past spring, The Ensemblist is entering into its second season (check out the first episode below!) and I sat down to talk with Nikka and Mo about how the podcast has grown, what it looks like to balance careers in the arts with being podcast masters, which Broadway ensemble they'd like to join, and more-check out the full interview below! (more...)

THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES: DREAM ON Original Cast Album Hits Spotify, iTunes
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

Stages Repertory Theatre has announced the release of the Original Cast Album of The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On, featuring the original Houston cast. (more...)

The Film Society of Lincoln Center Announces Complete Lineup for Free Daily Talk Series
by TV News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces the lineup for the fifth edition of free talk series NYFF Live during the 54th New York Film Festival (September 30 – October 16). HBO® is the presenting sponsor of NYFF Live, which features actors, directors, writers, critics, and other industry insiders participating in daily evening discussions from October 1 – 14 in the Amphitheater at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. (more...)

BWW Interview: Director Nigel Harman On Reviving Berkoff's LUNCH and THE BOW OF ULYSSES
by Marianka Swain - Sep 29, 2016

As an actor, Nigel Harman's numerous credits include EastEnders, Guys and Dolls, Downton Abbey and Shrek The Musical, the latter of which he also directed. He's now helming the revival of a Steven Berkoff double bill: Lunch, about an abortive one-night stand, and The Bow of Ulysses, revisiting the couple after 20 years of marriage. The plays star Shaun Dooley and Emily Bruni, and begin at Trafalgar Studios on 6 October. (more...)

DADS Comes to Riverside Theatres
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

Dance Makers Collective have called in some unlikely experts for their next show, their dads! From 2nd to 5th November, FORM Dance Projects and Riverside Theatres will present the new highly-anticipated work from Dance Makers Collective entitled Dads. (more...)

Rufus Sewell Returns to the London Stage in Yasmina Reza's ART
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2016

Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail has reported that Rufus Sewell is returning to the London stage. The 48-year-old will join actor Paul Ritter and comic writer Tim Key in the production celebrating the the 20th-anniversary of Yasmina Reza's prize-winning play Art. (more...)

MEMORIAL to Open Boston Playwrights' Theatre's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

Boston Playwrights' Theatre (BPT) opens its 2016-17 season with Memorial by Livian Yeh. Running from October 13-23, this new drama is directed by Kelly Galvin. (more...)

The Mysterious and Beguiling Musical, GOBLIN MARKET, Opens October 21st
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

The Aux Dog Performing Arts Space, the only live theater venue in Nob Hill, is pleased to announce its next production-GOBLIN MARKET, a dramatic musical fantasy based on the classic poem by the great Victorian poet, Christina Rossetti. The poem has been the subject of countless interpretations and is endlessly fascinating for audiences, in fact, the poem had a revival of interest in the late 20th century which continues to the present. (more...)

Guest Blog: Composer Philip Miller On PAPER MUSIC
by Guest Blogger: Philip Miller - Sep 27, 2016

The long collaboration between the South African composer Philip Miller and artist William Kentridge is celebrated in a new song-and-film cycle at the Print Room next month, featuring Kentridge's charcoal and ink drawings and animated films, and live musical performances. Miller explains the project's genesis. (more...)

BWW Interview: REBELS! ON BROADWAY's Caroline Innerbichler
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Sep 26, 2016

Caroline Innerbichler is likely recognizable if you've ever been to a BROADWAY SONGBOOK show at the Ordway or are a regular at Chanhassen where she played the lead in a popular show. She joins a youthful cast in REBELS! ON BROADWAY, continuing at the Ordway Sept. 29-30. (more...)

BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Our School, Our Show, OUR TOWN: Meet the Stage Manager(s)
by Guest Blogger: Amanda Grillo - Sep 26, 2016

Welcome back! Now, the first article was called “a first look”, the second was “meet the director”, and I suppose you can guess what the third will be…Stage Managers! This show is graced with four. One stage manager, two assistant stage managers, and an actor. In the name of metatheatricality, Thornton Wilder constructed a stage manager character that acts as the narrator. I was lucky enough to get the chance to discuss the show and their roles, with Kate Herr (the stage manager) and Zach Fontanez (who plays the stage manager).  (more...)

BWW Interview: Get Ready to Rock! ROCK OF AGES Debuts at Apollo Civic Theater
by Johnna Leary - Sep 23, 2016

'Don't Stop Believin' ' and get ready to rock this weekend as the area premiere of Rock of Ages debuts at the Apollo Civic Theater! (more...)

BWW Interview: Director Sean Holmes On Reviving SHOPPING AND F***ING
by Marianka Swain - Sep 23, 2016

Sean Holmes has been Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith since 2009. Memorable productions during his bold and varied tenure include Three Kingdoms, Saved, Bugsy Malone, Ghost Stories, the Secret Theatre programme, and the Olivier Award-winning Blasted. Next up is a revival of Mark Ravenhill's provocative Shopping and F***ing. (more...)

ArtWeek Boston 2016 Announces Talkbacks, Forums, Sneak Peeks and More
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

ArtWeek, an award-winning creative festival, will host more than 180 events this season, including many partnering with local theater companies. ArtWeek will run from September 30 - October 9 in more than 50 neighborhoods and towns across Eastern Massachusetts. (more...)

The Theatre Company of University of Detroit Mercy Opens 2016-17 Season With ALABAMA STORY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

The 46th season of The Theatre Company of the University of Detroit Mercy will launch Sept. 22-Oct. 9, 2016, with the Michigan premiere of Kenneth Jones' fact-inspired drama Alabama Story, a play with unique ties to The Motor City.  (more...)

GROUNDED, One-Woman Play About Drone Warfare, Comes to Longstreet Theatre October 8-12
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

The University of SC Theatre Program will present Grounded by George Brant, a gripping drama about the psychological cost of modern warfare, October 8-12 at Longstreet Theatre.  (more...)

GrahamDeconstructed Series Presents CLYTEMNESTRA (ACT 2)
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

 The GrahamDeconstructed series brings audiences behind the scenes for an intimate view of Martha Graham's masterworks. On October 4 and 5 the Martha Graham Dance Company will present a rehearsal showing of Clytemnestra (Act 2),from Graham's 1958 full-evening masterwork. (more...)

BWW Interview: A Moment with Student Director Grace Zottig of Rollins College's THE FOREIGNER
by Kimberly Moy - Sep 19, 2016

As the school year begins again we get a fresh crop of productions from our local colleges. To kick off this season Rollins College presents THE FOREIGNER. Grace Zottig is a senior and is gaining some hands on experience at directing alongside Thomas Ouellette. Grace took some time out of her busy schedule to answer some of my questions. It is refreshing to hear from someone just at the start of her career. (more...)

BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Our Show, Our School, OUR TOWN: Meet the Director
by Guest Blogger: Amanda Grillo - Sep 19, 2016

Welcome to the second installment of the behind the scenes look at the University of New Haven's production of Thorton Wilder's American classic, Our Town. For those who are just joining us this week I have the pleasure of guiding this journey from The Rehearsal process all the way through closing night.  (more...)

BWW Blog: Simona Berman - Men Can Have Periods, Too
by Guest Blogger: HAT Ensemble - Sep 19, 2016

"What do you mean when you say 'men can have periods, too'? How is that possible?!" As the words came out of my mouth, suddenly everything turned to slow motion as my shoulders crept up to whisper in my ear: "You  ignorant fool.  You will be kicked out of here for sure for that insulting remark." Here being The Rehearsal room that Honest Accomplice Theatre (HAT) was awarded through a space grant by the Drama League for the amazing work they do.  I was thrilled when I was told that I would be a member of the company, though now it feels more like a family. I was invited to be apart of their latest show ReConfigured, a show about the body on many diverse levels. My body had been my enemy for more than 20 years: eating disorders, exercise binging, body dysmorphia, sexual deviance, drugs, the this diet, the that diet, the everything in between diet (rinse and repeat).  Part of the healing for me has been in sharing my stories in the hopes that it may shine a light on someone else's battles. This production seemed perfect for me. And we would also be bringing awareness to the trans community's experience of the body. Bonus!  But at the time of the seemingly ignorant remark I made in The Rehearsal room, I was brand spankin' new and not as educated on the trans community nor the many facets of gender identity yet as I thought.  Being a bisexual and a supporter of the LGBTQ community, I thought  I was pretty well informed, at least on those topics. I would come to find out through many incredible devising sessions with HAT that I had a LOT more to learn.  More so, just how important it was for me as a cis woman-someone who identifies with the gender they were assigned at birth-to spread this knowledge.  This helps to alleviate the trans community as being the sole educators all the time.  (more...)

BWW Blog: Some Of Us Are Invisible by By Katie Looney
by Guest Blogger: HAT Ensemble - Sep 17, 2016

Devising new work is a democratic anecdote to the capitalist commercialization of American theater. By holding space for the invisible, we can begin to build language around systemic oppression and foster curiosity across minority statuses. Moreover, the devising process provides an opportunity for? an? ensemble to dig beyond the murky concept of intersectionality and become active allies to each other's experiences. The conversation that begins in The Rehearsal room of a devised theater piece is only the first of an ongoing dialogue that continues as the audience leaves the theater. (more...)

BWW Interview: Broadway's Kevin Covert Directs SPRING AWAKENING at Shenandoah Conservatory
by Christopher Castanho - Sep 16, 2016

Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia will be mounting the award-winning rock musical: SPRING AWAKENING this September, directed by Broadway veteran and new musical theatre program coordinator Kevin Covert. I was lucky enough to sit down with Kevin, hear about his experience at Shenandoah so far and learn about his process working on the rock musical with current theatre students. (more...)

Sugar, Butter, Laughter: Richard Ridge Cracks Up With the Cast of WAITRESS
by Alexa Criscitiello - Sep 16, 2016

This week the stars of Broadway's sweetest new musical, Waitress, sat down with BroadwayWorld correspondent Richard Ridge to talk about life inside the heavenly pie-scented atmosphere of the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. (more...)

Boston Playwrights' Theatre Announces 2016-2017 Season of New Plays
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Boston Playwrights' Theatre (BPT) today announces the new plays that will comprise its 35th season. The line-up includes Memorial by Livian Yeh, Faithless by Andrew Joseph Clarke, The Atheist by Ronan Noone, The Honey Trap by Leo McGann, Franklin by Samantha Noble and Every Piece of Me by Mary Conroy. (more...)

BWW Preview: EVANGELINE at Theatre Baton Rouge
by Tara Bennett - Sep 16, 2016

A look into French-Acadian history starts off Theatre Baton Rouge's 2016-2017 season during their staging of the local, classic musical, "EVANGELINE." (more...)

Special Feature: 4 of Broadway's Hottest Musical Directors Sound Off About What They Do, Inspirations and How They Do It!
by Cara Joy David - Sep 15, 2016

Who helps an actor to sing material a certain way? If you ask the majority of people outside the theater industry they would say people simply sound the way they sound or maybe credit the composer or director. In truth, in the majority of cases in the musical theater world it is the Musical (or Music) Director. This person, who is not eligible for a Tony Award and rarely gets mentioned in reviews, is integral to the product you see and hear. (more...)

Frantic Assembly Workshop October 2 Hosted by Only Child Aerial Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Only Child Aerial Theatre is sponsoring a 3-hour Frantic Assembly workshop in NYC on Sunday October 2 (two sessions: 2-5pm and 6-9pm). This extremely innovative London-based company has developed a methodology for creating heightened movement that is grounded in reality. Join Frantic practitioner Jess Williams for a 3-hour workshop and discover Frantic Assembly's unique approach to creating physical material. (more...)

BWW Blog: Jessica Gould - Interview With Tina Stafford
by Guest Blogger: Jessica Gould - Sep 14, 2016

During my week in New York, I had the opportunity to interview Tina Stafford after watching the off broadway show she is in called Liberty. Tina is a working actress in New York City and was a part of the tour of Once the musical. It was really interesting talking to Tina and learning about what it's like to be an actress in New York City. Here are the questions I asked her and her responses! (more...)

Women's Voices Take Spotlight in Second Season of Everyman Salon Series
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Everyman Theatre is excited to announce the return of the Salon Series Women's Voices in the 16/17 Season. Thanks to last season's overwhelming demand and sold-out performances, this year, the informal play reading series will increase from four to six plays and will take place over the entire 16/17 Season. The six plays of The Salon Series complement the Main Stage production and feature the work of female playwrights. These Salon readings will also be directed by the women of Everyman's Resident Acting Company and hosted by well-known and accomplished women in our area. (more...)

BWW TV: Go Inside Rehearsals with the Sexy Cast of LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES!
by TV - Press Previews - Sep 14, 2016

Les Liaisons Dangereuses begins Broadway performances on Saturday, October 8, 2016 and will open on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at the Booth Theatre (222 W 45th St). This is a 15-week only engagement throughSunday, January 22, 2017. As previously announced, Janet McTeer will play 'La Marquise de Merteuil,' Liev Schreiber will play 'Le Vicomte de Valmont,' Birgitte Hjort Sorensen will play 'Madame de Tourvel' and Mary Beth Peil will play 'Madame de Rosemonde.' (more...)

San Jose Stage Proudly Presents WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

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BWW Blog: Monica Furman - Senior Year, Week 2: The Importance of Performer Professionalism
by Guest Blogger: Monica Furman - Sep 14, 2016

This semester, I am enrolled in two theatre classes--Shakespeare II and Business of Acting. For the latter, we have a workshop-style class every Friday where we discuss our preparations for our BFA Showcase and post-grad plans, as well as meet with industry experts. This week, we met with a Los Angeles casting director who spoke about the importance of being professional, which is what sparked this blog post. (more...)

Clybourne Park Opens Next Week at Theatre UCF
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

 Theatre UCF opens Clybourne Park Thursday, September 22 in UCF's Black Box theatre. The play, written by Bruce Norris, runs through Sunday, Oct. 2. (more...)

BWW Blog: Amanda Grillo - Our School, Our Show, OUR TOWN: A First Look at University of New Haven's Production of OUR TOWN
by Guest Blogger: Amanda Grillo - Sep 12, 2016

The season has officially begun at the University of New Haven. Our season opener, Our Town, has officially begun The Rehearsal and I am honored to be a part of this amazing cast as Lady in the Box, Man Among the Dead, and a member of the Choir. I am thrilled to be able to bring you behind the scenes as we bring Thorton Wilder's American classic to life at the Bucknall Theatre. (more...)

BWW Interview: Scott Graham and Geordie Brookman on THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE
by Marianka Swain - Sep 12, 2016

Andrew Bovell's Things I Know To Be True, a Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company of South Australia co-production, opened earlier this year in Adelaide and is now playing at London's Lyric Hammersmith, led by Imogen Stubbs. Scott Graham, co-founder of Frantic Assembly, and Geordie Brookman, artistic director of State Theatre Company, discuss collaborating on this unique project. (more...)

Ghostlight Ensemble to Take on Internet Trolls, Christmas Demons & More for Inaugural Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2016

Ghostlight Ensemble will come out swinging in its inaugural season. Literally. (more...)

BWW Review: The Exploitation Of The Famous Conjoined Twins Plays Out In The Heartbreaking SIDE SHOW
by Jade Kops - Oct 1, 2016

SIDE SHOW, the musical about the sisters that were quite literally joined at the hip makes it's Australian Premiere at Hayes Theatre (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 8/23/2016 - 8/30/2016
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Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 8/23/2016 - 8/30/2016. (more...)

BWW Interview: Catching up with Christian Struppeck, Book Writer of New Stephen Schwartz Musical SCHIKANEDER
by Iris Moebius - Aug 30, 2016

Behind the scenes of the Raimund Theater in Vienna, Austria everybody is working in high gear at the newest in-house production of the Vereinigte Buhnen Wien: SCHIKANEDER - the turbulent love story behind The Magic Flute. The new musical by Stephen Schwartz (music and lyrics), Christian Struppeck (book) and Sir Trevor Nunn (director) will have its world premiere on September 30th in Vienna. Just a little over a year after our last interview with Christian Struppeck, shortly after the musical SCHIKANEDER was announced, we got to catch up with him again to find out how the show has developed since then and how things are going in The Rehearsal room. (more...)

Bid To Meet Kristin Chenoweth, Support Artists Striving to End Poverty
by Michael Dale - Aug 30, 2016

Charitybuzz's new online auction offers a chance to see Kristin Chenoweth in concert and meet her backstage. (more...)

The Doo Wop Project, Dance Fest and More Coming Up This Season at Centenary Stage
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

Centenary Stage Company's 2016-17 season is fast approaching and in addition to its theatrical productions CSC will be hosting a season bursting with music, dance and special events for all ages and tastes. (more...)

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