Mad Horse Theatre to Close Out Season with STUPID F***ING BIRD, 5/19-6/5
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Mad Horse Theatre Company wraps its 30th Anniversary Season with the smart, sassy comedy Stupid F**ing Bird, by Aaron Posner, directed by Christopher Price. (more...)

Broadway Love Story: The Tale of Rebecca Luker & Danny Burstein
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2016

Whether you consider it more of a reason for being alive, a way to measure the year, or proof of an enchanted evening, love is everywhere on Broadway...including offstage. In this first edition of Broadway Love Story, fall hard for FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Danny Burstein and FUN HOME's Rebecca Luker, who explain their personal joys and trials of being a couple in the Broadway spotlight. (more...)

School of Visual Arts 27th Dusty Awards Red Carpet Event Set for 5/10
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2016

The School of Visual Arts (SVA), celebrates its 27th Dusty Awards on May 10 at the SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd Street)-beginning with a red carpet event from 5:30-6:30pm and culminating with a private awards ceremony, which begins at 6:30pm.? (more...)

Ben Platt & Alana Arenas Will Receive Equity Foundation's Clarence Derwent Award; Bill Camp and Lois Smith Win Richard Seff Award
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

The Actors' Equity Foundation's 2016 Clarence Derwent Awards for most promising female and male performers on the New York metropolitan scene have gone to Alana Arenas (Head of Passes) and Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen). The announcement was made by Arne Gundersen, president of the Foundation, which administers the awards. (more...)

BWW Review: Strong Cast Inhabits THE COUNTRY HOUSE at Circuit Playhouse
by Caroline Sposto - May 5, 2016

Bucolic setting are wonderful . . . until it rains and everyone is wall-to-wall unpacking their baggage, airing their dirty laundry, calling each other on the carpet, and climbing the walls. At least that's what happens in THE COUNTRY HOUSE by Donald Marguiles. It's an explicit homage to Chekhov -- sort of an UNCLE VANYA and The Seagull mashup. I wasn't knocked out by the script. The setup is simple, the plot predictable, the conflicts obvious. The actors have to bring a lot to this show to make is worth watching. Fortunately, Director, David Landis, had an exceptional cast.wisecracks into heated discussions simply to hear them sizzle. (more...)

Artistic Director John Langs Launches First Season at ACT Theatre with a Bang
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

It's May of 2016 and John Langs is entering his fifth month as the Artistic Director of Seattle's ACT Theatre, in its 51st season. (more...)

Regional Premiere of LITTLE MERMAID Closes Out Circle Players' Season
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 27, 2016

The Little Mermaid, described as "a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages," closes out Circle Players' 2015-16 season with a June 3-19 run at Nashville's Z. Alexander Looby Theatre. Brittany Blaire Anderson directs and musical directs, with choreography by Bakari King and assistant musical direction by Kelsi Fulton. Hatty King stars as Ariel. (more...)

Joshua Harmon's BAD JEWS Opens Next Month at Theatre of NOTE
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

NotTheMom Productions is thrilled to present BAD JEWS, written by Joshua Harmon and directed by Sabrina Lloyd. BAD JEWS will open on Thursday, June 30 at 8pm and run through Sunday, July 24 at Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd. (just north of Sunset) in Hollywood. (more...)

FIRE ON BABYLON Workshop Set for 2016 Fresh Fruit Festival.
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

Paul Barnes, co-founder and former producing and artistic director of Minnesota's Great River Shakespeare Festival, directs a workshop production of Michael Raver's play, Fire on Babylon at The Wild Project as part of the 2016 Fresh Fruit Festival. The play features Jeffrey Hayenga (Roundabout's The Importance of Being Earnest) and playwright Raver (How We Built the Bomb) Set and Prop Design by Marc Wheeler, Costumes by Edward Ray Kiely and Lighting Design by Mike Billings. (more...)

The Barn Theatre Announces 2016 Summer Season!
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

The Barn Theatre, Michigan's oldest professional summer theatre, under the artistic leadership of Brendan Ragotzy, announced today the 70th Anniversary season of plays and musicals to be presented for the 2016 summer season at the landmark theatre. (more...)

Theatr Clwyd Sets 40th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

In Theatr Clwyd's 40th anniversary year, Artistic Director Tamara Harvey, today announces full casting for her Theatr Clwyd directorial debut production of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Harvey directs Lisa Palfrey in the role of Beatrice and John Ramm as Benedict. They are joined by David Bark-Jones, Jonathan Harden, Sian Howard, Nakay Kpaka, Steven Meo, Catherin Morris, Lowri Palfrey, Kerry Peers, and Sion Pritchard. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Meet the Nominees- FIDDLER ON THE ROOF's Danny Burstein
by Walter McBride - May 20, 2016

On May 4, the 2016 Tony nominees flocked to the Paramount Hotel, where they met with the press for the first time since getting the big news. BroadwayWorld will be bringing you coverage from the epic day over the next month (so watch out for lots more), but for now, check out photos of Best Performance by an Actor in Leading Role in a Musical nominee for Fiddler on the Roof, Danny Burstein, as captured by Walter McBride! (more...)

Bedlam to Return to Cambridge with Two Versions of TWELFTH NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - May 20, 2016

The Nora Theatre Company is proud to present Bedlam performing their two version of TWELFTH NIGHT: TWELFTH NIGHT (or WHAT YOU WILL) and WHAT YOU WILL (or TWELFTH NIGHT). Both plays are the text of TWELFTH NIGHT written by William Shakespeare. (more...)

Ballet Flamenco La Rosa to Present Two Breathtaking Programs This Month
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Ballet Flamenco La Rosa will present two breathtaking new works, May 20-22, 2016, at The Colony Theatre with Guest Artists from Spain and Russia. (more...)

New Cast Begins Rehearsals for 1984 - Rosie Ede, Andrew Gower, Joshua Higgott and More!
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

An entirely new cast has started rehearsals for Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan's adaptation of 1984. (more...)

Spectrum Dance Theater to Present A RAP ON RACE
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

 Spectrum Dance Theater, in association with Seattle Repertory Theatre, presents the 'genre obliterating' world premiere dance theater production A Rap On Racebased on the iconic 1970 conversation on race between James Baldwin and Margaret Mead. Co-created by TONY-nominated and Bessie Award-winning director/choreographer Donald Byrd and Pulitzer-nominated and MacArthur Award-winning actress/playwright Anna Deavere Smith, A Rap on Race enlivens the current conversation around race and equity, mixing dance and theatre to create a fully original, groundbreaking artistic work. Tickets are on sale now through the Seattle Rep Box Office at (206) 443-2222 and online at SeattleRep.org. (more...)

Tony Awards Close-Up: Has Tevye Proved Danny Burstein's Most Difficult Role? The Six-Time Nominee Explains!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 12, 2016

In the past ten years, Danny Burstein has wooed audiences with his Tony nominated performances as some of Broadway's most beloved characters- Buddy, Aldopho, Billis... the list goes on. Now he has taken on perhaps musical theatre's most iconic character- a milkman from Anatevka called Tevye. How does this role (for which he is nominated as Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical) compared to his others? Find out below! (more...)

VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE to Run 6/10-7/3 at International City Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

International City Theatre presents a send-up of Chekhov's plays that is so completely hilarious, it doesn't even matter if you think Chekhov is just the name of that Russian guy on Star Trek. Mary Jo DuPrey helms a new production of the deliciously wacky, Tony Award-winning comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang for a June 10 opening, with two low-priced previews taking place on June 8 and June 9. (more...)

West End's FUNNY GIRL Opens Previews, April 9
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

The West End transfer of Funny Girl, receives its first preview tomorrow night, 9 April 2016 - with opening night on 20 April, at the Savoy Theatre. Michael Mayer directs Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice, Darius Campbell as Nicky Arnstein, Marilyn Cutts as Mrs Brice, Maurice Lane as Mr Keeney, Valda Aviks as Mrs Meeker, Gay Soper as Mrs Strakosh, Natasha J Barnes as Emma/Mrs Nadler, Bruce Montague as Florenz Ziegfeld, and Joel Montague as Eddie Ryan.                 (more...)

Signature's INCIDENT AT VICHY to Continue Season 2 of THIRTEEN's THEATER CLOSE-UP Series
by TV News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

Theater Close-Up -- the unique collaboration between THIRTEEN and the large community of New York City area non-profit Off-Broadway theaters -- will present Pulitzer Prize-winner Arthur Miller's play INCIDENT AT VICHY in an acclaimed production from Signature Theatre, captured live on-stage, in THIRTEEN's trademark 'up-close' style. (more...)

The Enthusiasts and El Bear to Co-Present THE NINA VARIATIONS
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

The Nina Variations, Steven Dietz's clever, fierce and heartbreaking tribute to The Seagull, returns to Chicago in a new co-production by El Bear Theater Company and The Enthusiasts Theater Company. In this fresh and exciting staging the famous final scene between Treplev and Nina in Chekhov's The Seagull breaks down and their thoughts are divided, rearranged, and pieced back together. Watch as they go on a fast paced tour de force to say all the things they've never said. We often wish we could go back and act differently at key points in our life, in this performance we give Nina and Treplev that chance. (more...)

Owen Teale Will Explore NO MAN'S LAND Opposite Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart in London
by Tyler Peterson - Apr 7, 2016

Tony-winning actor Owen Teale will venture into Harold Pinter's NO MAN'S LAND opposite Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart this Autumn, according to The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye. The GAME OF THRONES actor will take on the role of Briggs. (more...)

Two-Time Oscar Winner Dianne Wiest Will Star in Beckett's HAPPY DAYS at Yale Rep
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

Yale Repertory Theatre has announced that two-time Academy Award winner Dianne Wiest will return to Yale Rep in Samuel Beckett's HAPPY DAYS, staged by Artistic Director James Bundy. Jarlath Conroy will join Wiest in the production, which runs April 29-May 21 at Yale Repertory Theatre. Opening Night is set for Thursday, May 5. (more...)

New Repertory Theatre to Stage FREUD'S LAST SESSION This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

New Repertory Theatre announces FREUD'S LAST SESSION by Mark St. Germain, April 30-May 22, 2016 in the Charles Mosesian Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA. (more...)

SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre Sets 2016 Summer Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2016

The SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre turns 32 years old this year and will celebrate with a 2016 summer season under the stars packed with concerts, musicals and outdoor movies.  Most performances will begin at 8 p.m. (more...)

Freehold Theater Lab Studio Will Relocate to International District
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

 Freehold Theater Lab Studio, Seattle's premiere independent theater school and lab for working professionals, has announced that they will be leaving their Belltown home of eight years for a new home at Maynard and Weller in the International District, with a planned opening of their expanded facility on September 15. (more...)

Jack Laskey, Geraldine James & More to Star in LAWRENCE AFTER ARABIA at Hampstead Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2016

Hampstead Theatre presents the world premiere of Howard Brenton's Lawrence after Arabia, commissioned to mark the centenary of the start of the Arab revolt, which previews from 28 April. Directed by John Dove, the full cast features Sam Alexander, William Chubb, Geraldine James, Khalid Laith, Jack Laskey, Rosalind March and Jeff Rawle. (more...)

Torben Bett's INVINCIBLE Coming to Birmingham Repertory Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

On its first ever national tour, Torben Bett's smash-hit class comedy, Invincible comes to Birmingham Repertory Theatre from Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 May. (more...)

Damien Molony Joins Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart in NO MAN'S LAND - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

It is announced today that Damien Molony, best known for his roles in BBC's Being Human and Ripper Street, will play the role of 'Foster' in Harold Pinter's No Man's Land, completing casting for the play. Molony joins the previously announced Ian McKellen as 'Spooner', Patrick Stewart as 'Hirst' and Owen Teale as 'Briggs' in Sean Mathias' production, which will tour venues across the UK from 3 August prior to a limited engagement at London's Wyndham's Theatre from 8 September. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: 43rd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards Nominees Are Announced - HEATHERS, BYHALIA, MISSISSIPPI, LONDON WALL and More!
by Stage Tube - Apr 27, 2016

The Jeff Awards Committee today announced 121 nominations in 24 categories for the 43rd Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards for productions that opened between April 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016. The Non-Equity Awards honor excellence in Chicago theatres not under a union contract. Jeff judges attended opening nights of 148 productions offered by 67 Non-Equity producing organizations. The Jeff Committee recommended 65 of those shows (or 44%), making them eligible for Non-Equity Jeff Award nominations. Of the 65 Jeff Recommended productions, a record 53 (or 82%) received nominations, representing 32 theatre companies. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Red Bull Theater's SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL Celebrates Opening Night
by Jennifer Broski - Apr 25, 2016

Red Bull Theater's production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL, directed by Marc Vietor, opened just last night, April 24.  BroadwayWorld brings you photos from inside the special night below! (more...)

Horse Head Theatre Co. to Present Surreal Drama LIDLESS This June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Horse Head Theatre Co. announces their upcoming production, LIDLESS by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, which will run June 2 through 18, 2016 at the Fresh Arts Gallery located in Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter Street, Houston, TX 77007. (more...)

World Premiere of Craig Lucas' I WAS MOST ALIVE WITH YOU Begins in May at Huntington Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

The Huntington Theatre Company presents the world premiere of I Was Most Alive with You written and directed by Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss at the Huntington and An American in Paris on Broadway) and performed both in English and American Sign Language. Performances begin Friday, May 27 and continue through June 26, 2016 at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.  (more...)

Photo Flash: Sheridan Smith Opens in FUNNY GIRL at the Savoy Theatre
by Marianka Swain - Apr 21, 2016

Last night, the Sheridan Smith-starring revival of FUNNY GIRL opened at the Savoy Theatre in the West End. The transfer follows a sold-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, and the show is booking until October 8. Smith takes on Barbra Streisand's iconic role of Fanny Brice, the Brooklyn singer and comedienne who became a Broadway sensation under producer Florenz Ziegfeld. The cast also features Darius Campbell as Nicky Arnstein, Marilyn Cutts as Mrs Brice, Maurice Lane as Mr Keeney, Valda Aviks as Mrs Meeker, Gay Soper as Mrs Strakosh, Natasha J Barnes as Emma/Mrs Nadler, Bruce Montague as Florenz Ziegfeld, and Joel Montague as Eddie Ryan. (more...)

Chichester's THIS HOUSE to Transfer to the Garrick Theatre This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

James Graham's critically acclaimed political drama THIS HOUSE will transfer to the Garrick Theatre, following its upcoming run at Chichester's Minerva Theatre. (more...)

Cast, Creative Team Announced for SOUPS, STEWS, AND CASSEROLES: 1976 at Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

On the heels of their critically acclaimed world premiere of Luna Gale, playwright Rebecca Gilman and Artistic Director Robert Falls again join forces for her newest drama, Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976. Change is coming to a small Wisconsin town when a corporation acquires a local cheese manufacturer, which employs the majority of the town's working class citizens. For the Durst family, the merger presents newfound opportunity-and a moral dilemma. The Chicago premiere, which marks the play's second production following its 2014 world premiere at The Repertory of St. Louis, features Cliff Chamberlain as longtime factory employee Kim Durst; Cora Vander Broek as his wife Kat; Lindsay Stock as their daughter, Kelly. Rounding out the cast are Ty Olwin (Kyle), Angela Reed (Elaine) and Ann Whitney (JoAnne). The creative team includes Kevin Depinet (set), Richard Woodbury (sound), Jenny Mannis (costumes) and Jesse Klug (lights). Kimberly Osgood is the production stage manager. Soups, Stews, and Casseroles: 1976 appears May 21 - June 19 in the Owen Theatre (opening night is Monday, May 31). Tickets ($10 - $40; subject to change) are on sale now at GoodmanTheatre.org/Soups, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). Mayer Brown LLP is the Corporate Sponsor Partner. (more...)

MTC to Stage Reading of THE SOAP MYTH for Holocaust Remembrance Day
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

Marin Theatre Company is honored to participate in the 2nd Annual National Jewish Theater Foundation's Holocaust Theater International Initiative Remembrance Readings. MTC will present a staged reading of Jeff Cohen's THE SOAP MYTH on Monday May 2, 2016 at 7:00pm. (more...)

Artistic Home's Artistic Director Kathy Scambiatterra to Lead THE SEAGULL; Full Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

The Artistic Home has announced its cast for their production of Anton Chekhov's classic comedy of unrequited love and unrealized dreams, The Seagull. (more...)

Red Bull Theater's Starry SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL Opens This Sunday
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

This Sunday (April 24th) marks the opening of Red Bull Theater (Jesse Berger, Artistic Director) production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL, directed by Marc Vietor. (more...)

BWW Review: THE GREAT FIRE TAKES YOU BACK HOME at Belvoir St Theatre
by Brodie Paparella - Apr 18, 2016

The Great Fire takes place in the all-too-familiar Australian disaster zone: mum and dad's place at Christmas. On an idyllic Adelaide Hills property, a family gathers to decide the next phase of their lives as part of the ever-gentrifying arts industry in this domestic drama written by Kit Brookman. This reviewer should declare that, having been born and raised in Adelaide and therefore aware of the artistic prowess of the Brookman family there, I may be somewhat biased in my familiarity for this piece. Nevertheless, we carry on. (more...)

Arnie Burton, Emily Robinson, Jon Tenney and Jennifer Westfeldt to Lead BIG SKY World Premiere at the Geffen
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Great news tonight! Geffen Playhouse has just announced a starry cast for its world premiere production of BIG SKY, written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros. (more...)

The Russian Arts Theater and Studio Brings The Master and Margarita to West End Theater in NYC
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2016

The Russian Arts Theater and Studio (TRATS) continues its 2016/17 season with The Master and Margarita, based on Mikhail Bulgakov's extraordinary novel. A new adaptation written and directed by renowned Muscovite director Aleksey Burago, this production features long-time TRATS collaborators and actors, including Charles Anderson, Michael Donaldson, Toni Goldman, Perikles Mandinga, Luisa Menzen, Ariel Polanco, Ingrid Wheately, Christopher Zach, and Di Zhu. (more...)

BWW Review: ACT's Funny STUPID F**KING BIRD Gets Too Deconstructed
by Jay Irwin - Apr 15, 2016

I'm perfectly fine when a play chooses to break the fourth wall and become self-referential. The ability for anything to be able to point out its own shortcomings is a sign of self-actualization. But when a play repeatedly does so and then pats itself on the back for its cleverness of doing so as does Aaron Posner's "Stupid F**king Bird", currently playing at ACT, then it becomes wearing almost to the point of insulting. And while Posner's play certainly has its funny moments, those repeated exposes onto itself started to feel like the play was flipping the audience the bird (and I don't mean a Seagull). (more...)

BWW Review: STUPID F*#%ING BIRD - Start the Effing Play
by Keith Waits - Apr 15, 2016

REVIEW: Stupid F*#%ing Bird - Start the Effing Play (more...)

Director Michael Mayer Punches Up FUNNY GIRL Revival with Expanded Dance Numbers, Set Pieces
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2016

With previews in full swing at the Savoy Theatre, director Michael Mayer continues to polish the new revival of FUNNY GIRL, starring Sheridan Smith, which premiered at Menier Chocolate Factory. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Red Bull Theater's THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

Opening Night is set for April 24th for the Red Bull Theater production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's THE SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL, directed by Marc Vietor. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Capital Stage's 2016-17 Season to Feature AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY & More
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2016

Capital Stage is proud to announce its 2016-17 Season: Love & War. Capital Stage's 12th Season, and Michael Stevenson's inaugural Season as Producing Artistic Director, explores the fierce human struggle to connect - and the turbulent forces that keep us apart. These unique stories will include Capital Stage's 3rd National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere, a Pulitzer Prize and 5 time Tony Award Winner, 4 Sacramento Premieres and two theatre classics. (more...)

Casa Mañana Theatre Announces 2016-2017 Children's Theatre Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2016

Casa Mañana's Children's Theatre Season is packed with playful fun that children of all ages will enjoy, including A Year With Frog And Toad, September 30 - October 16, 2016; a brand new holiday story Santa Claus - A New Musical, November 25 - December 23, 2016; bringing back the whimsical new version of a classic story Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale, February 3-19, 2017; an exciting, new musical Red Riding Hood, March 17 - April 2, 2017; and Disney's The Little Mermaid, April 21 - May 14, 2017, a classic family favorite. (more...)

Broadway AM Report, 4/12/2016 - EXIT STRATEGY, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and More!
by Jessica Khan - Apr 12, 2016

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: AN AMERICAN IN PARIS celebrates its one-year Broadway anniversary! (more...)

STUPID F@#KING BIRD, CONSTELLATIONS and More Set for Omaha Community Playhouse's 2016-17 Alternative Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2016

The Omaha Community Playhouse is announcing its Alternative Programming series for the 2016-17 season. (more...)

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