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URBANSWIM Hosts Annual 'Liberty to Freedom Swim' to Remember 9/11
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

Known as the Liberty to Freedom Swim, this 2.2 mile | 3.5 kilometer open water swim is now in it's 3rd year. Staged annually in early September by URBANSWIM, this event is dedicated to celebrating the freedom of the American people, and to remembering those that died and served on 9/11. (more...)

Tickets for SOMETHING ROTTEN! Tour Launch on Sale This Sunday in Boston
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

Broadway In Boston announced today that tickets for the national tour of the hilarious new musical Something Rotten!, will go on sale to the public this Sunday, September 11, 2016. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - Chyler Leigh Returns for SUPERGIRL on The CW
by - Sep 6, 2016

Below, get a sneak peek at Chyler Leigh in back to back episodes of SUPERGIRL, airing every Monday at 8/7c on The CW. (more...)

OPERA ON THE MALL Rescheduled to Sunday, October 2
by BWW News Desk - Sep 30, 2016

Due to rainy Saturday forecasts, Opera Philadelphia's FREE HD broadcast of Puccini's Turandot has been rescheduled to Sunday, October 2.  All tickets issued for the original broadcast date of Saturday, October 1, will be honored on the new date, and guests can continue to register for free tickets at operaonthemall.org. (more...)

BWW Preview: Pangdemonium Singapore to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of RENT
by Yuliani Supandji - Sep 29, 2016

This October, Pangdemonium is proud to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of revolutionary rock musical, RENT. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this unforgettable and timeless story of a group of friends, who despite poverty and illness, learn to fall in love and find their voices, will anchor Pangdemonium's 2016 Season of Love. (more...)

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony Releases All-Debussy Album, 10/28
by BWW News Desk - Sep 27, 2016

Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) will release an all-Debussy album featuring three works that illustrate the French composer's mastery of orchestration including Images pour orchestre, Jeux, and La plus que lente, on the Orchestra's Grammy Award-winning SFS Media label on Friday, October 28, 2016. The recording will be available for pre-order on iTunes.com/SFSymphony and SFSymphony.org/Debussy on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. This recording is presented by SFS Media in premium audio hybrid SACD as well as studio master-quality download. (more...)

BWW Review: THE SOUND OF MUSIC Comes Alive at Saenger
by Tara Bennett - Sep 22, 2016

The Saenger Theatre kicked off its 2016 Broadway in New Orleans season with the classic musical "THE SOUND OF MUSIC," this week, and after the opening performance, Canal Street was just as alive as Maria's beloved hills as patrons sang songs from the musical on their way home. (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...)

Photo Flash: Court Theatre Presents THE MAN IN THE RING
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Based on the true story of six-time world champion boxer Emile Griffith, Man in the Ring charts Emile's humble beginnings in the U.S. Virgin Islands to his infamous match against his archrival Benny "Kid" Paret. When Benny challenges Emile's sexual identity, Griffith responds in the ring and leaves a mark that lingers long after their legendary encounter. Man in the Ring is a story of violence, love, and life under the public eye-and one man's fight to get the world back in his corner. (more...)

UNDER THE SHADOW Selected As UK Foreign-Language Academy Award Entry
by Movies News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Babak Anvari's psychological thriller UNDER The Shadow has been selected as the United Kingdom's Foreign Language Academy Award entry for 2016. The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and which has had an extensive festival run, will be released by Vertigo Releasing in the U.K. on September 23rd and by XYZ Films and Vertical in the U.S. on October 7th. Vertical Entertainment and XYZ Films are releasing the film theatrically in North America and globally on digital platforms.  (more...)

Wilbury Group Announces World Premiere of Erik Ehn's 10,000 THINGS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

The Wilbury Theatre Group proudly announces the world premiere of ?10,000 Things, a new work by acclaimed playwright Erik Ehn, October 20-30 2016. (more...)

Noor Theatre Announces 7th Season of Highlight Reading Series
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

At the heels of their Obie Award win, Noor Theatre is gearing up for another innovative and riveting season. As the barrage of issues affecting Middle Eastern communities across the globe grows, this unique company continues to create a dialogue between their artists and audiences, and shed light on these varied and complex perspectives.  (more...)

BWW Review: Hard Hitting ROYALE at ACT Examines Consequences of Being First
by Jay Irwin - Sep 16, 2016

Let me start, Dear Readers, by saying I have never had an appreciation for boxing. I've just never understood why it's important to find out who can beat up someone else the best or, alternatively, who can take a beating the best. Having said that, the current production of Marco Ramirez's stirring play "The Royale" at ACT is not about boxing. Sure the backdrop of the story is boxing but moreover it's about the choice to take personal groundbreaking victories even in The Shadow of danger to your friends and family. And that is a much more interesting fight than who can punch who the hardest. (more...)

Will Chase Will Wave Good Morrow to the Bard This Fall in SOMETHING ROTTEN!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Following the solemn news of SOMETHING ROTTEN's closing last night, the Broadway musical's current cod-piece clad Shakespeare -- Will Chase -- took to Twitter today to announce his own departure date. No word yet on his replacement. (more...)

WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING Continues The Wilma Theater's 2016/17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Andrew Bovell's When the Rain Stops Falling continues the Wilma Theater's 2016-17 season. A fish falls from the sky in the year 2039. A man named Gabriel prepares to meet his adult son after being estranged for twenty years. He wonders why his son is coming and what he wants: to know who he is? Where he comes from? Where he belongs? Gabriel knows nothing; his own past escapes him. As the story of Gabriel's family unfolds onstage, his ancestors come alive around him to fill in the gaps. With its web of intricately overlapping connections, When the Rain Stops Falling follows four generations of a family from 1959 to 2039, and from London to Australia. As this family and their world evolve over time, one question remains: in the face of climate change, can we break our habits and change the way we live? (more...)

Cast Complete for Bush Theatre's THIS PLACE WE KNOW
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Full casting for the Bush Theatre's programme of six new, commissioned plays This Place We Know has been announced today. Residents of the local community are also now invited to submit photography celebrating W12, to be in with a chance of having their work displayed as part of WeAreW12, a free photography exhibition curated by photographer Eileen Perrier. (more...)

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow: SOMETHING ROTTEN! To Play Final Broadway Performance January 1st, National Tour to Follow
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

The 10-time Tony Award nominated hit musical comedy Something Rotten!, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin), with music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Wayne Kirkpatrick and Golden Globe Award and Tony Award nominee Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Tony Award nominees Karey Kirkpatrick and best-selling author John O'Farrell will conclude its critically acclaimed engagement on Broadway on January 1, 2017 following 742 performances. (more...)

Rose Theatre, Kingston Announces Full Cast for Arthur Miller's Masterpiece, ALL MY SONS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Rose Theatre Kingston today announced the full company for its new production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons. Award-winning Michael Rudman directs David Horovitch as Joe Keller and Penny Downie as Kate Keller with Alex Waldmann (Chris Keller), Grace Carter (Lydia Lubey), Edward Harrison (George Deever), William Meredith (Frank Lubey), Alison Pargeter (Sue Bayliss), David Partridge (Jim Bayliss) and Francesca Zoutewelle (Ann Deever). The production opens on 2 November, with previews from 28 October, and runs until 19 November. (more...)

BWW Review: BURIED CHILD Reinvented at Catastrophic Theatre
by Brett Cullum - Sep 14, 2016

They have cast the show without regard to race, perceived sexual orientation or physical types, and in the process expanded the vision of what could be a narrow exercise into a universal one. Never has the play felt so broad and borderless, and the staging reveals interesting struggles inside both American culture and methods of acting. (more...)

Peter Schuler Releases IN PURSUIT OF GOD
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

'In Pursuit of God': a well-designed and insightful guide to becoming closer to God written with love for the Lord on every page. 'In Pursuit of God' is the creation of published author, Peter Schuler, a dedicated writer and author. (more...)

Freeform Returns to New York Comic Con with Hit Series SHADOWHUNTERS & More
by TV News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Freeform announced today that they will be bringing cast and executive producers from the hit series “Shadowhunters” and new original drama “Beyond” to New York Comic Con on October 7-8. (more...)

World Premiere of ON THE RAILS Begins Tonight Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Algonquin Theater Productions and Jason Hewitt welcome Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Lysistrata Jones, Legally Blonde, Hairspray), Mel Johnson Jr. (Jekyll & Hyde, Hot Feet, The Lion King, Big Deal, The Rink, Eubie!, On the Twentieth Century), and James Ludwig (Spamalot, Little Shop of Horrors) for the world premiere of ON THE RAILS, a new musical with book by Tony Sportiello (Second Chance, National Pastime), music and lyrics by Al Tapper (Sessions, An Evening at the Carlyle), arrangements and musical direction by David Wolfson, and directed by Misti B. Wills (In Search of Euphoria). (more...)

Mercy Street Theatre Company Kicks Off 16/17 Season With THE MERCY STREET AFFAIR: WITH WILD ABANDON
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

Mercy Street Theatre kicks off its third season on October 10 with The Mercy Street Affair: With Wild Abandon, a classy cocktail party and festival of new short plays that will take place at The Frontier, 1106 W. Thorndale Ave. at 7:00 pm.  Cost of entry is a suggested donation of $15.  To RSVP, please visit http://www.mercystreettheatre.org/affair2016/. (more...)

ART21 to Paint Portrait of 16 Innovative Artists in 8th Season on PBS
by TV News Desk - Sep 1, 2016

The new season of ART21's flagship program will debut with four one-hour episodes on two consecutive Fridays, September 16th and September 23rd, from 9PM to 11PM ET on PBS (check local listings). (more...)

Theater Vet David Rasche Returns for Season 2 of TV Land's IMPASTOR
by TV News Desk - Sep 1, 2016

David Rasche will return to his role of Alden Schmidt, the president of Ladner Trinity Lutheran Church, in TV Land's IMPASTOR. (more...)

Nothing Important's SEVEN DECEMBERS Gets Encore at The Lounge Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 9, 2016

Nothing Important Productions returns to The Lounge Theatre with Seven Decembers, winner of the Hollywood Fringe Encore! Producer's Award. Seven Decembers made its official debut to sold-out audiences in June, and has been invited back to the stage on August 19th and 20th. (more...)

Jana Robbins I'M STILL HERE! One Night Only at Feinstein's / 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Jana Robbins "I'M STILL HERE!" on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. (more...)

Patrick Breen, Sophina Brown and Arden Myrin Join Steve Martin's METEOR SHOWER at Long Wharf Theatre; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Long Wharf Theatre, in conjunction with the Old Globe in San Diego, presents the world premiere of Steve Martin's Meteor Shower, directed by Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein, running from September 28 through October 23, 2016. The full cast has just been announced! (more...)

Opera Philadelphia Announces Free Tickets to Broadcast of TURANDOT, 9/7
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2016

FREE tickets to Opera Philadelphia's HD broadcast of Turandot will be available to the public starting on Wednesday, September 7.  You can score your free tickets to Opera on the Mall beginning at 10 a.m.at operaonthemall.org. Everyone who registers will be entered to win an Opera Philadelphia subscription for two to the spring 2017 Opera at the Academy series, featuring productions of Rossini's Tancredi and Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. (more...)

MAN IN THE RING to Make World Premiere at the Court Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2016

Court Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Charles Newell and Executive Director Stephen J. Albert, presents the World Premiere of Man in the Ring by Michael Cristofer, directed by Artistic Director Charles Newell. (more...)

VIDEO: A Backstage Visit With SOMETHING ROTTEN!'s Brad Oscar
by Michael Dale - Aug 25, 2016

After making his initial Broadway appearances in ASPECTS OF LOVE and JEKYLL & HYDE, Brad Oscar's breakthrough Tony-nominated performance as demanding playwright Franz Liebkind in THE PRODUCERS helped make him one of musical theatre's most sought-after funnymen. (more...)

Patrick Williams Pens GETTING NAKED
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2016

Author Dr. Patrick Williams' new book, 'Getting Naked: On Being Emotionally Transparent at the Right time, the Right Place, and with the Right Person' (published by Balboa Press), is a guide to help readers unlock their fullest potential and live as the most authentic versions of themselves. (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...)

B IS FOR BOGART and More Among MoMA Film Exhibitions for September 2016
by TV News Desk - Aug 19, 2016

The Museum of Modern Art has announced its film exhibitions for September 2016. Scroll down for details! (more...)

ANAIS NIN GOES TO HELL to Return to the 14th Street Y This October
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Manhattan Theatre Works and Goode Productions in association with The Theater at the 14th Street Y, present the return of Anais Nin Goes to Hell by David Stallings (Outstanding Original Full-Length Script, Dark Water - NY IT Awards), directed by Antonio Minino (Outstanding Director nominee,Scene/Unseen - PCTF Awards), as part of The Theater Series at The 14th Street Y. (more...)

J Chen Project's THE SHADOW AND THE LIKE Coming to Dixon Place
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

China's Ministry of Culture, Asian Cultural Council, Jerome Foundation, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council have all recently awarded grants to NYC choreographer Jessica Chen with regard to the J CHEN PROJECT's 2016-17 season and debut of The Shadow and The Like. (more...)

BWW Interview: PARALLEL LIVES' Jenny Sullivan on Family, Directing & Contributing Happiness
by Gil Kaan - Aug 18, 2016

Director Jenny Sullivan has made her birthright name her own; acting and directing since her early twenties. The daughter of actor Barry Sullivan, Jenny's latest project finds her directing Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy's comic piece PARALLEL LIVES at the Falcon Theater. (more...)


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Cast Announced For Thriller THE AMERICAN WIFE at Park Theatre
by Marianka Swain - Aug 17, 2016

Casting has been announced for THE AMERICAN WIFE, a new thriller coming to Park Theatre from 7 September - 1 October. Looking at the real human cost behind the war on terror and myriads of misinformation, the full cast includes: Julia Eringer, Vidal Sancho, George Taylor, Emilio Doorgasingh, Mitchell Mullen, Anne Wittman, Sanee Raval, Sophie Angelson, Lucia Henry Peragine and Sascha Petrou. The Press Night is Friday 9 September, 7pm.   (more...)

MOMIX's OPUS CACTUS Opens the MAC's 30th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

 McAninch Arts Center (MAC) opens its 30th Anniversary Season Performance Series with MOMIX's full-length multimedia spectacular "Opus Cactus," Saturday, Sept. 10, 7:30 p.m.This mesmerizing production explores the wonders of the desert through dynamic acrobatic images of cacti, slithering lizards, fire dancers and more. New York Times hails Opus Cactus as "exploding with a sense of magic, danger, sensuality, quirkiness, humor and beauty." (more...)

Cast Announced for August Wilson Rep at Cygnet Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

This fall, Cygnet Theatre will present the San Diego artistic debut of Washington D.C. Director Jennifer L. Nelson. Nelson, who will direct the upcoming Season XIV productions of August Wilson's Seven Guitars and King Hedley II was in San Diego recently to audition and cast the actors - each playing two roles. (more...)

Breaking: Lindsay Nicole Chambers, Mel Johnson Jr. and James Ludwig Join the World Premiere of ON THE RAILS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Algonquin Theater Productions and Jason Hewitt have announced Broadway actors Lindsay Nicole Chambers (Lysistrata Jones, Legally Blonde, Hairspray), Mel Johnson Jr. (Jekyll & Hyde, Hot Feet, The Lion King, Big Deal, The Rink, Eubie!, On the Twentieth Century), and James Ludwig (Spamalot, Little Shop of Horrors) have joined the cast of the world premiere of ON THE RAILS, a new musical with book by Tony Sportiello (Second Chance, National Pastime), music and lyrics by Al Tapper (Sessions, An Evening at the Carlyle), arrangements and musical direction by David Wolfson, and directed by Misti B. Wills (In Search of Euphoria). (more...)

Washington National Opera Announces Fifth Season of America Opera Initiative
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Washington National Opera (WNO) today announced full programming details for the fifth season of the American Opera Initiative, its comprehensive commissioning program that brings contemporary American stories to the stage while fostering the talents of rising American composers and librettists. For the first time, all of the program's world premiere operas will be presented during an American Opera Initiative Festival weekend, January 13-15, 2017 in the Kennedy Center Family Theater. (more...)

Magdalena Kozena to Make New York Philharmonic Debut This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

Music Director Alan Gilbert will conduct the New York Philharmonic in Berlioz's Les Nuits d'ete, with mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožena in her Philharmonic debut, and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, Thursday, September 29, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, September 30 at 8:00 p.m.; and Saturday, October 1 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

Toronto Film Festival Adds Galas & Special Presentations to Lineup
by Movies News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

The Toronto International Film Festival® adds 2 Galas and 14 Special Presentations to its highly anticipated Galas and Special Presentations lineups. (more...)

VIDEO: 'The Shadow' & 'Blind Date' Teasers for AMERICAN HORROR STORY S6!
by TV News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

FX has shared all-new promos for the upcoming sixth season of the dramatic horror anthology series AMERICAN HORROR STORY. Check out the sneak peeks titled 'The Shadow' and 'Blind Date' below! (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Touring Production of LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER
by Marianka Swain - Aug 12, 2016

Sheffield Theatres and English Touring Theatre today announce full casting for Phillip Breen's adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's classic novel LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER, which opens at the Crucible on 26 September before a UK tour to Oxford, York, Malvern, Salisbury, Brighton and Cambridge. Breen directs a cast including Hedydd Dylan as Lady Chatterley and Jonah Russellas Mellors. The company is completed by Aretha Ayeh, Will Irvine, Ciaran McIntyre, Eugene O'Hare, David Osmond, Rachel Sanders and Alice Selwyn. (more...)

BWW Review: SHADOWLAND Lights Up Melbourne This Winter
by Victoria Beal - Aug 12, 2016

Lights up on a scattered stage and one lonely girl walking slowly towards centre stage. Such an unassuming entrance for what became a spectacular evening of impressive feats of the human body and ingenious light illusions. A glorious combination of theatre and visual art. (more...)

Long Wharf Theatre to Host 2016 Contemporary American Voices Festival
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Long Wharf Theatre's Contemporary American Voices Festival, an annual celebration of adventurous, innovative new plays, will kick off the 2016-17 season. (more...)

BWW TV: Will Power Takes Over Bryant Park with the Help of SOMETHING ROTTEN!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Aug 11, 2016

This week's final installment included a performance by the Broadway cast of Something Rotten!, including: Catherine Brunell, Will Chase, Josh Grisetti, Leslie Kritzer,Rob McClure, Andre Ward, Matt Allen, Max Clayton, Eric Giancola, David Hibbard, Jenny Hill,Leah Hofmann, Aaron Kaburick, Tari Kelly, Beth Johnson Nicely, Brian Olgilvie, Aleks Pevec,Eric Sciotto, and Marisha Wallace. Watch highlights below, as they perform 'God, I Hate Shakespeare,' 'Right Hand Man,' 'I Love the Way,' and 'Will Power.' (more...)

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