BWW Interview: Tech Talk with Dresser Paula Gilbert
by Frank Benge - May 9, 2016

Anytime you see a tour of a Broadway show, the talent happening right before your eyes is just the tip of the Broadway iceberg. Lurking behind the scenes is a whole crew of insanely gifted folks who also contribute to the spectacle on stage. One of those people is Paula Gilbert, who works here in Austin as a dresser for tours that come to Austin. They are called quick changes for a reason. At most touring shows, there's a crew of dressers running around backstage with a needle and thread in their pockets for last-minute repairs and safety pins clipped to their sleeves. There are ensemble dressers, who attend to a large group of people, holding up pants while chorus members step into them and swiftly shoving shoes onto feet. Then there are star dressers, who only focus on a leading player. We talked to Paula to find out what she does, why she loves it and how she keeps calm and collected when things go seriously wrong. (more...)

BWW Review: IMMORTAL LONGINGS is theater geeks and lay(wo)men alike at The Vortex
by Devon Hoffman - May 4, 2016

As a theater geek, I'm predisposed to enjoy Immortal Longings, The Vortex' latest production, which brings a pantheon-ensemble of Shakespeare's greatest female characters from his greatest plays onto a single stage, to perform their greatest scenes. This is a geek's dream. Yet I don't feel like I'm taking a risk when I recommend the show to everyone. (more...)

North Coast Repertory Theatre to Present HEDDA GABLER This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Arguably one of the most complex and intriguing female characters ever written, HEDDA GABLER weaves a mesmerizing tale of a woman trapped in a loveless marriage who is driven by a need for power and freedom. (more...)

BWW Review: Soloists Shine, but Ambitious SHADES OF LOVE is Undercut by Whitewashing and Poor Design
by David Fick - May 13, 2016

Cape Town City Ballet is nothing if not ambitious. SHADES OF LOVE sees the company's featured artists dancing superbly, but the production never coheres into a fully-realised evening of ballet. (more...)

North Coast Rep to Present World Premiere Translation of HEDDA GABLER
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Arguably one of the most complex and intriguing female characters ever written, HEDDA GABLER weaves a mesmerizing tale of a woman trapped in a loveless marriage who is driven by a need for power and freedom. Working from a freshly translated script by Anne-Charlotte Harvey that removes stilted language while staying true to Ibsen's voice, the actors have put their personal touches on their characters to create a piece that speaks to contemporary audiences. Lovers of classic theatre will not want to miss this gripping world premiere translation. (more...)

The Adobe Theater Presents THE WHITEHEADED BOY This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 1, 2016

Who is "The Whiteheaded Boy"? He is the Irish equivalent of our 'Fair-haired child,' the one who can do no wrong, the one who is indulged in all that he does. He gets the largest piece of pie, the choicest piece of meat, and his favorite meal whenever he wants. He is the one who has been told since birth that he is 'different' from all the rest - special, better. He is the 'gifted' one, the boy for whom the gates of success will magically open simply because he asks. He is the one whose inevitable fall to Earth is especially painful because it is so unexpected. (more...)

BWW Interview: Director Mark Hisler Contextualizes TERRA NOVA at The Vortex
by Devon Hoffman - Mar 8, 2016

The next show in The Vortex Theater will be Terra Nova, by Ted Tally.  Opening March 25 and running until April 17, the play covers the last leg of the ill-fated 1912 Terra Nova South Pole expedition, led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott.  Co-directed by Mark Hisler (left, in below image) and Aaron Worley (right), this show is a cunning balance between a thoughtful social commentary and a visceral human trial.  Mark Hisler and I met to discuss this balance, and the history behind it. (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with A LITTLE NEW MUSIC, Returning to Rockwell This Week
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2016

LA's popular concert series A LITTLE NEW MUSIC, featuring the latest songs in new musical theater, returns to Rockwell: Table & Stage tomorrow, Tuesday, March 8 with an exciting new program of songs from writers across the nation. Check out photos of ALNM in rehearsal below! (more...)

Flow Research: Industry Approvals and Supplier Innovations Drive...
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2016

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BWW Interview: Tech Talk with Lighting Designer Amy Lewis
by Frank Benge - Mar 25, 2016

Very few audience members know what goes into the technical aspects of a stage production. Without the theatre's technical artists, often the unsung stars of any production, your experience at the theatre would be very different. In a new series of articles about the Technical Theatre artists of Austin, BroadwayWorld will be introducing you to some of the artists behind the scenes… the set designers, lighting designers and costumers whose work is so vital to a successful production. The process of lighting a play, dance piece, or opera is highly subjective; each designer has to develop a process that works for them. Lighting designers know how to use the subtle and powerful medium of light, creating effects that can be changed at will to match the mood of the action. We start our series by talking to lighting designer, Amy Lewis. (more...)

Photo Flash: Chris Farah Hosts A LITTLE NEW MUSIC 11 at Rockwell: Table & Stage
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2016

LA's consistently popular concert series A LITTLE NEW MUSIC, featuring the latest new musical theater songs, returned on Tuesday, March 8, to another sold out house at Rockwell: Table & Stage with an exciting program of music from writers across the nation. BroadwayWorld has photos from the concert below! (more...)

The Adobe Theater to Present Horton Foote's DIVIDING THE ESTATE
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2016

The Adobe Theater will present American playwright Horton Foote's play DIVIDING THE ESTATE April 29th through May 22nd, 2016. (more...)

Arion Productions to Debut New Masterclass Programme
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2016

Arion Productions Ltd has launched a new series of masterclasses to provide expert 'one day only' training in much-sought-after specialist fields with some of the country's finest theatre, film, television and radio professionals at the Diorama Arts Studios. Masterclasses include, two time Oliver Award winner, Jenny Galloway (Acting Through Song Masterclass), long standing War Horse, Citizen Squid and Goodnight Mr Tom puppeteer, Abigail Matthews (West End Puppetry Masterclass) and Olivier and Actor's Screen Guild Award nominated actress Annette Badland (Acting for Stage and Screen Masterclass) who is currently appearing in EastEnders. (more...)

Ken Urban's A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK to Close Playwrights' Center's 2015-16 New Play Series
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2016

On Monday, April 4 and Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. the Playwrights' Center will present readings of Core Writer Ken Urban's new play A GUIDE FOR THE HOMESICK, the final play of the 2015-16 Ruth Easton New Play Series. (more...)

A LITTLE NEW MUSIC Slates 11th Concert at Rockwell: Table & Stage
by BWW News Desk - Mar 1, 2016

LA's popular concert series featuring the latest songs in new musical theater returns to Rockwell: Table & Stage on Tuesday, March 8 with a fresh, diverse program from writers across the nation. (more...)

The Adobe Theater to Present THE CURIOUS SAVAGE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

The Curious Savage opens Friday, July 15th and plays 4 weekends through Sunday, August 7th, 2016. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:00pm, with a 'Pay What You Will' performance (proceeds are shared between the cast and crew) on Thursday, July 28th, at 7.30pm. Tickets are $17 general, seniors and students $15. Reservations 505-898-9222 x 1 or online at www.adobetheater.org.  (more...)

BWW Review: PRIVACY SETTINGS: A PROMETHEAN TALE Dares Audiences to Question What is Happening Behind The Screen
by Amy Bradley - Jun 3, 2016

Standing in line at The Vortex to see PRIVACY SETTINGS: A PROMETHEAN TALE was like watching a one-act play in and of itself. Each patron crammed into the hot box office to retrieve tickets, hand over their phone number, and sign an agreement before viewing Heather Garfield's latest conceived work. I watched in surprise as the well-rehearsed box office workers recited, 'Leave your phone on,' and 'If someone calls or texts you, answer it during the show'. Definitely, this was the first time I have ever been told to turn my ringer up during a performance. Challenging the status-quo seemed like the mission, the further I got in line. To my surprise, a woman and her husband actually refused to sign the document and provide their information. Consequently, they left in a huff and I admired the level of commitment this theater has to it's theatrical vision - regardless if it is disagreeable to some patrons. I happily signed, knowing well my status as a Broadway World reviewer would most likely mean my phone number would be selected. Needless to say, within 15 minutes of the show starting, I received a text to stand and read aloud to the audience. It was definitely exciting, and I could see others in the audience checking their phones to see if they also had received covert instructions. This element shows the level of avant-garde theater being produced at The Vortex, even before entering the house. (more...)

Michael Carrasco, Rachel Pallante & More to Star in TexARTS' ALL SHOOK UP
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2016

?TexARTS' next production in its 2016-17 Professional Series will be a musical inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. Starring Michael Carrasco (North American Tour, Grease!), Rachel Pallante (The Vortex, The Tempest), Polly Seale (Radio City Music National Tour, The Wizard of Oz), Michael Marchese (TexARTS' My Way A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra), Kami Smith (Austin Shakespeare, As You Like It), Kristi King (Doctuh Mistuh Productions, Reefer Madness), Curt Olson (TexARTS, Guys and Dolls), and Toni Baker. All Shook Up runs August 12 - 21 at the Kam and James Morris Theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN is a Study in the Pain of Leaving Things Unresolved
by Frank Benge - Jun 27, 2016

JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN is Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's second-to-last play written in 1896. The source material for the play comes from an incident from an earlier period in his life, revolving around the suicide attempt of an army officer accused of embezzlement. While the play falls along side of the naturalism and social commentary of the works of Ibsen's middle period, the ending also clearly hints at Ibsen's final phase of more symbolic work, which can clearly be seen in his final play, When We Dead Awaken. (more...)

BWW Review: Visit CAMELBEACH Water Park for Mummy's Cove and So Much More
by Marina Kennedy - Jun 24, 2016

Visit Camelbeach in Tannersville, Pennsylvania where you can enjoy over 35 wonderful aquatic attractions including their newest addition, 'Mummy's Cove.' Camelbeach is only 90 minutes from Manhattan and (more...)

Anna Jane Casey Joins Annette Badland & Abigail Matthews for Arion Productions' Masterclasses
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

Arion Productions has announced West End leading lady, Anna Jane Casey, as the latest artist to join the line-up of extraordinary performers and industry professionals providing expert 'one day only' training in much-sought-after specialist fields.  These masterclasses take place at Diorama Arts Studios on various Sunday afternoons throughout 2016. (more...)

Megan McGinnis to Star in SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

The Old Globe has announced the complete cast and creative team for the West Coast premiere of Paul Gordon's delightfully romantic new musical SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, developed with Rick Boynton and presented in association with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where it was commissioned and had its world premiere in April 2015. (more...)

El Rey Network to Premiere Season 3 of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES, 9/6
by TV News Desk - Jul 20, 2016

MIRAMAX(R) and El Rey Network announced today that Season 3 of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES will premiere on September 6 at 9PM ET. (more...)

April Matthis to Receive 2016 Ruth Maleczech Award
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

Actor/performer April Matthis is the recipient of the 2016 Ruth Maleczech Award, created last year to honor the memory of the legendary and beloved downtown actress and director who passed away in 2013. The award ceremony takes place on July 26 at 7pm at the Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project gallery in the East Village. (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Austin Awards Winners Announced - The Wimberley Players Wins Big!
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 7, 2016

Votes are cast; polls are closed; and results have been tabulated! This was our biggest year yet! After a record number of voters in more than 70 regions worldwide, BroadwayWorld is very excited to announce the 2015 Austin winners! Thanks to all who voted, and huge congratulations to all the winners! (more...)

Out of the Loop Fringe Festival 2016 Lineup Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2016

WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director and Loop Executive Producer Terry Martin today announced the line-up for the 2016 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, February 25 - March 6, 2016, at the Addison Theatre Centre. (more...)

BWW Previews: DETAILS FOR THE 15TH ANNUAL OUT OF THE LOOP FRINGE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED!
by Kyle Christopher West - Jan 6, 2016

WaterTower Theatre Producing Artistic Director and Loop Executive Producer Terry Martin today announced the line-up for the 2016 Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, February 25 - March 6, 2016, at the Addison Theatre Centre. Six world premieres highlight this year's diverse Festival as well as 2 one-woman cabarets, 4 dance works, 1 circus act, 3 solo shows, 1 musical reading, 2 play readings, 9 theatre productions, 1 interdisciplinary piece, 1 spoken word performance, a 24-hour play festival, and many returning favorites. The Festival is made possible, in part, through the generous support of The Town of Addison and the Texas Commission on the Arts as well as media sponsors, TheaterJones.com and the Dallas Observer. The Festival is produced by Terry Martin and Kelsey Leigh Ervi. (more...)

BLOOD to Mark The Garage's Debut Production
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

A Jewish-American reporter in Japan uncovers a conspiracy to cover up the government-sanctioned sale of HIV-contaminated blood products in a new political thriller with music inspired by true events. (more...)

San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Names 2015 Craig Noel Award Nominees
by BWW News Desk - Jan 2, 2016

More than 100 local and national theatre artists representing nearly than 60 San Diego theatrical productions will compete for the 2015 Craig Noel Awards, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle announced today. (more...)

BWW Review: TERMINUS - A Work of Great Power and Beauty
by Frank Benge - Jan 18, 2016

TERMINUS, now in a World Premiere engagement at The Vortex, is a new play by Gabriel Jason Dean. This intricately layered family drama is the latest chapter in Dean's cycle of plays about the Georgia working class, The Attapulgus Elegies. TERMINUS examines a family haunted by the traumas of race and class in the South both in the past and in the present. This projected seven play collection covers a twenty plus year span and chronicles the disappearance of a small mill town. (more...)

Former Emmy Award-Winning Broadcast Journalist Michele Ruiz To Release CONTENT MARKETING FOR LAWYERS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2016

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Michele Ruiz,a top communications strategist and former Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist, will launch her first book 'Content Marketing for Lawyers' on Amazon.com on January 21, 2016. This insightful 'how to' guide for attorneys and law firms uses content and social media strategies Ms. Ruiz has developed to bring world-leading Fortune 20 corporations to higher levels of influence. (more...)

Official: Donmar Announces Full Casting for ELEGY - Barbara Flynn, Nina Sosanya and More; April 21
by BWW News Desk - Jan 15, 2016

The Donmar announces full casting for the UK premiere of Elegy by playwright Nick Payne. Directed by Artistic Director Josie Rourke, the full cast is Barbara Flynn as Carrie, Nina Sosanya as Miriam and Zoe Wanamaker as Lorna, all making a return to the Donmar stage. Elegy starts previews from 21 April and imagines a very-near future in which radical and unprecedented advances in medical science mean that it's now possible to extend life. (more...)

Zoe Wanamaker, Barbara Flynn and Nina Sosanya to Star in ELEGY at Donmar Warehouse
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2016

According to the Daily Mail, Zoe Wanamaker, Barbara Flynn and Nina Sosanya will star in CONSTELLATIONS playwright Nick Payne's new play ELEGY at the Donmar Warehouse this spring. (more...)

Mother Road Theatre Company to Begin 2016 with CHAPATTI
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2016

Mother Road Theatre Company, fresh off the sold-out co-production ALL IS CALM: THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914, begins 2016 with a beautiful production of CHAPATTI, starring Joanne Camp and Peter Shea Kierst. (more...)

Alice Tuan's CALIFORNIA LOVE Set for Playwrights' Center
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2016

The Playwrights' Center presents two readings of Core Writer Alice Tuan's new play 'California Love' as part of the 2015-16 Ruth Easton New Play Series. The readings are Monday, March 7 and Tuesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at the Playwrights' Center, 2301 E. Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. The readings are free, but reservations are encouraged. Reserve tickets at pwcenter.org, info@pwcenter.org or (612) 332-7481. (more...)

Toronto Symphony's New Creations Festival to Brighten Up the Month of March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2016

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) brings avant-garde, contemporary music to Toronto this March. Revered Australian composer, conductor, and violist Brett Dean joins festival conductor and host Peter Oundjian to curate the TSO's 12th annual New Creations Festival, taking place March 5-12, 2016. (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Austin Awards Update - Danny Mosier, Fred Inkley Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 4, 2015

Voting has opened for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Austin Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of November 27th. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Austin Awards - Last Week to Vote!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 24, 2015

Happy Holidays! It's the last week to vote for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Austin Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 18. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31! (more...)

Tickets to Pipeline's Matchstick Series Now on Sale
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2015

This January, Pipeline Theatre Company presents seven never before seen plays written by its PlayLab Class of 2016 in this year's Matchstick Series: Strange Tongues at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe (236 E. 3rd St, New York, NY). This year's PlayLab includes: Matthew Barbot, Jen Browne, Gina Femia, Reina Hardy, Jacob Marx Rice, Callan Stout, and Amy E. Witting. Performances will be January 13-15th at 7PM. Early bird tickets ($15) are now on sale and regular tickets ($18) go on sale on January 1st. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.pipelinetheatre.org/tickets. The show runs approximately 75 minutes, with no intermission.   (more...)

2015 BroadwayWorld Austin Awards Update - CATCH ME IF YOU CAN Winning 'Best Cast of a Musical'
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 18, 2015

Time is running out to vote for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Austin Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 18. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31! (more...)

BWW Interview: Broadway Golden Age Producer/Director John C. Wilson's Long-Lost NOEL, TALLULAH, COLE, AND ME Published
by Michael Dale - Dec 14, 2015

The memoir of KISS ME, KATE's director and Noel Coward's producer and lover published over 50 years after his passing. (more...)

PrismTech Announces Acquisition by ADLINK Technology, Inc.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2015

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2015 BroadwayWorld Austin Awards Update - Jennifer Allen in Lead!
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 11, 2015

Voting is fully underway for the 2015 BroadwayWorld Austin Regional Awards! Check out the latest live stats as of December 11. Nominations were reader-submitted and after the nomination period ended, BroadwayWorld's local editors proofed the list for eligibility and errors. Voting runs through December 31. (more...)

Donmar Warehouse Announces 2016 Spring Season - World Premiere of ELEGY, Revival of FAITH HEALER and More!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 1, 2015

Donmar Warehouse Announces the 2016 Spring Season! (more...)

BWW Interview: Tech Talk with Set Designer Lisa Laratta
by Frank Benge - Apr 7, 2016

One of the more clearly visible technical aspects of a show for average theatre-goers is the set. What isn't quite as clear is just what goes into the creation of the world the characters inhabit in the play you are seeing. Set design, sometimes called scenic design, is the art of designing and creating the sets used in plays or movies. At times, designing can be as simple as arranging a few pieces of furniture on a stage. That type of set design is not what one things of, however, when one talks to set designer, Lisa Laratta, the subject of this edition of Tech Talk. (more...)

Vortex Bladeless Wind Energy Project Team Receives Altair CAE Suite Donation
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

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BWW Reviews: TERRA NOVA an Elegant Doom at The Vortex
by Devon Hoffman - Apr 6, 2016

Terra Nova's elegant staging and technical elements created an engrossing poetry of action for the brooding tale of men dying in Antarctica. I can't say I warmed-up to all the choices, but warmth wasn't the point of this play. I'll leave it to my reader to see the show and feel the effect of these choices for themselves-yet my own experience lingers in my chest like a shard of ice: (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...)

BWW Review: MAD MEN Meets DALLAS in THE OLD FRIENDS at Open Stage
by Marakay Rogers - Apr 29, 2016

Suburban Texas in the Swinging Sixties. It isn't all fun and games -- sometimes it's positively chaos. Get your cocktail duds on and prepare for anything, (more...)

Film Forum to Screen One-Week Noel Coward Festival This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

NOËL COWARD, a one week festival devoted to the English playwright, actor, singer, composer, lyricist, director, screenwriter, and wit, will run at Film Forum from Friday, May 13 through Thursday, May 19. (more...)

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