Hennepin Theatre Trust to Launch REPRESENT: MADE HERE Thursday, 6/2
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Hennepin Theatre Trust will launch Represent: Made Here, sponsored by Andersen Windows, with a free, public celebration at Marin Restaurant & Bar (901 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis) on Thursday, June 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. This will be the sixth round of Made Here window displays in WeDo-the West Downtown Minneapolis Cultural District. (more...)

Local Teen Playwrights Set for The Coterie's 2016 Young Playwrights Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

It is The Coterie's favorite time of the year when world premiere readings from members of The Coterie's Young Playwrights' Roundtable will be showcased during the annual Young Playwrights' Festival at 7:00 p.m., May 1, at The Coterie Theatre, located on level 1 of the Crown Center Shops. On stage will be the work of seven staged readings including monologue, spoken word, short plays, and an excerpt from a musical. In addition, the Festival will include the WORDS + MUSIC project: five moments of new opera, as created by UMKC Conservatory composers in collaboration with Roundtable members, staged with Lyric Opera performers. (more...)

COCK Opens 6/16 at WHAT
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

 Called a "pugilistic, punch-drunk comedy" (DC Theatre Scene) and "A terrific comedy with an unprintable name" (New York Times), Mike Bartlett's Cock opens at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater June 16. The cast of Cock is Nicholas Carter, Lee Seymour, Madeleine Lambert and Christopher Chisholm, directed by Jeffry George.  (more...)

Apollo Theater Sets 2016-17 Season: Hendrix in Harlem, WOW - Women of the World Festival & More
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

The Apollo Theater today announced details of its 2016-2017 season, which will feature an array of programs showcasing both established and emerging artists and deepen parterships with a diverse array of institutions. The new season will extend the nonprofit institution's commitment to catalyzing the creation of new works that draw upon the legacy of the world-famous Theater. Alongside engagements with international artists working in a variety of disciplines, the season will include forums for cross-cultural dialogue led by artists and scholars, and education programs for students and families from throughout the five boroughs. (more...)

BWW Review: Wilbury Theatre Group's Meandering JERUSALEM
by Andria Tieman - May 24, 2016

Wilbury Theatre Group closes out their 2015-2016 season with JERUSALEM by Jez Butterworth.  It's a skillfully directed production with a few standout performances, but unfortunately is bogged down by an overlong story that doesn't deliver much tension until after the two hour mark and suffers from some clumsy accent work.  It's an ambitious project for the Wilbury group to take on, and the sets and costumes are absolutely perfect for the story, unfortunately the source material is the main problem and its cliche' plot and incredibly slow pacing just never really deliver. (more...)

Nashville-Area Auditions Calendar 5/24/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - May 24, 2016

Theaters and production companies throughout Middle Tennessee are looking for directors, crew members and cast members for several upcoming productions, including Young Frankenstein at Murfreesboro's Center for the Arts and Peter and the Starcatcher at Dickson's Renaissance Players. (more...)

Inside THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL: Musical Supervisor, Tom Kitt
by Misha Davenport - May 24, 2016

Day two of Broadway World Chicago's preview of The SpongeBob Musical with Tom Kitt. (more...)

The Barrow Group Will Celebrate 30 Years This June!
by Marissa Sblendorio - May 24, 2016

Founded in 1986 by TBG co-Artistic Directors Seth Barrish and Lee Brock, The Barrow Group has become one of the preeminent performing arts training centers and Theatre companies in New York City and the world. Next week will mark the 30th anniversary of the Theatre company and acting school, which has produced talents such as Anne Hathaway, Vera Farmiga, Denis O'Hare, Tony Hale, among others!  (more...)

Tony Nominee Jarrod Spector to Mentor Students at 2016 Songbook Academy
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Tony Award nominee Jarrod Spector (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) will join Songbook Academy founder, Michael Feinstein, for this one-of-a-kind music and performance intensive for high school students. (more...)

Sacred Circle Theatre Company to Stage Oscar Wilde's SALOME
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Sacred Circle Theatre Company, a newly formed Theatre company based in Brooklyn, will be performing its inaugural production, Oscar Wilde's SALOME, at The Alchemical in Chelsea. Performances will be June 16-18 and Pride Weekend, June 23-25. Performances are at 7:30pm at 104 West 14th Street. (more...)

Cape Playhouse to Open 90th Anniversary Season with LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

The historic Cape Playhouse's 90th season kicks off with one of Neil Simon's most irresistible comedies, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, starring Jennifer Cody and Daniel Pearce. Directed by Tim Threlfall, this classic comedy plays June 7 through 18.  (more...)

Trumpet Player Wayne Tucker to Release Debut Album 'When I Was A Child' in June
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

 Trumpet player Wayne Tucker will release his debut album When I Was A Child on OneTrickDog* Records June 14, 2016.  (more...)

Photo Coverage: Meet the Nominees- SHE LOVES ME's Jane Krakowski
by Walter McBride - May 24, 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 Actress in Featured Role in a Musical nominee for She Loves Me, Jane Krakowski, as captured by Walter McBride! (more...)

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre to Host Annual Fundraising Gala, 6/9
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Milwaukee Chamber Theatre (MCT) will host their annual fundraising gala Cheers to Chamber! Club MCT on Thursday, June 9 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event will be at 1451 Renaissance Place, which will be transformed into Club MCT - The Hottest Supper Club in Town. 1451 Renaissance Place is located at 1451 N. Prospect Ave. on Milwaukee's Eastside. Event tickets are $150 per person, with proceeds benefiting Milwaukee Chamber Theatre's artistic and education programming. (more...)

American Coast Theater Company to Present HAMELT and ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD in Rep
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

American Coast Theater Company, the resident professional theater of Vanguard University, will perform its 2016 Summer Series, beginning June 3. The two plays, Hamlet and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead will be performed in repertory, in the Lyceum Theater on Vanguard's Costa Mesa campus.  (more...)

Berkeley Rep to Welcome Sarah Jones Back for SELL/BUY/DATE
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Berkeley Rep announced today that Tony Award-winning playwright and performer Sarah Jones (Bridge & Tunnel) will return to the stage as a dazzling medley of characters in Sell/Buy/Date, an exuberant new show she has developed inspired by the real-life experiences of people affected by the commercial sex industry. (more...)

Pigs Do Fly Productions to Present INVASION OF PRIVACY at The Abyss Stage
by Carol Kassie - May 24, 2016

Pigs do Fly Productions is on the move! The company's September production, Larry Parr's Invasion of Privacy will run from September 8th through September 25th at The Abyss Stage Wilton Manors. (more...)

Audra McDonald, Will Swenson & Andrea Martin Join 2016 Summer Broadway Season in Martha's Vineyard
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Producer Mark Cortale has announced that 6-time Tony winner Audra McDonald will join the debut season of Broadway @ The Performing Arts Center on Martha's Vineyard on Monday, August 22 for one show only. She will be joined onstage by husband and fellow-Broadway star Will Swenson, and Sirius XM Radio star Seth Rudetsky as pianist and host (more...)

East Lynne Theater Company Announces Special Ticket Offers for 2016 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

?The award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company's 2016 season is underway, and includes ticket offers that are both flexible and affordable. (more...)

Know Theatre Sets 19th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Know Theatre is ready to rekindle your sense of wonder in Season 19. Join us and explore the stories we tell ourselves and each other: stories that amuse, that enlighten, and that help us to make sense of the world around us. (more...)

MOON OVER BUFFALO Opens This Week at Vagabond Players
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

?The final production of the Vagabond Players' historic 100th Season, Moon Over Buffalo, directed by John Desmone, opens May 27th and runs through June 26. Written by Ken Ludwig, this riotous farce has been deemed a 'love letter to live Theatre." George and Charlotte Hay are a couple of washed up touring actors who are given a sudden chance at stardom IF all goes well during their make-or-break performance of Private Lives.  Needless to say, anything that can go wrong does in this madcap comedy. (more...)

Belgrade Theatre Announce Family Offerings for Half Term
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Families across Coventry and Warwickshire can look forward to a bumper programme of theatrical fun this Half Term at the Belgrade Theatre with the return of the Theatre's ever popular May Camp. This will be followed by a visit from the hit touring shows, Pongo's Party and The Giant's Loo Roll. (more...)

Blues Artist Delanie Pickering Coming to Capitol Center for the Arts, 6/12
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

New Hampshire-based blues guitarist-singer Delanie Pickering will be performing at the Spotlight Cafe at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Sunday, June 12, 2016.  It will be the CD release show for her debut record, Down Not Home.  (more...)

FIRST LISTEN: Music from NYTW's HADESTOWN, Starring Patrick Page & More
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Today, Billboard has shared an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip and a first listen to music from the production. Check it out HERE! (more...)

by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) announces the casting for their production of Peter and the Starcatcher, the play by Rick Elice, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, with music by Wayne Barker. (more...)

Tickets to THE BOOK OF MORMON's 2017 Toronto Return on Sale in June
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Back by popular demand, THE BOOK OF MORMON, which played record breaking and sold out engagements in 2013 and 2014, returns to Toronto for a limited engagement February 28 - April 16, 2017 at The Princess of Wales Theatre. Tickets will go on sale online on Monday June 13 at 12:01 AM and are available by visiting Mirvish.com, or by phone at 9:00 AM by calling TicketKing at 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333. Tickets will also be available in person at 12 Noon at the Princess of Wales Theatre Box Office, 300 King Street West. Group orders of 15 or more may be placed by calling 416-593-4142 or 1-800-724-6420. (more...)

Photo Coverage: On the Red Carpet for the 61st Annual Obie Awards!
by Jennifer Broski - May 24, 2016

The American Theatre Wing (Heather Hitchens, President) and The Village Voice (Peter Barbey, Owner) have announced the winners of the 61st Annual Obie Awards. Rajiv Joseph's Guards at the Taj, produced by the Atlantic Theater Company, received the Obie Award® for Best New American Play, which is accompanied by a $1,000 prize. Legendary actor/dancer/choreographer Carmen de Lavallade and renowned playwright A.R. Gurney each received a special Obie Award® for Lifetime Achievement. Obie and Screen Actors Guild® Award-winning actress Lea DeLaria returned as host of this year's ceremony, which was held at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street). (more...)

THE SWAN: AN UGLY DUCKLING TALE Begins Today at Center for Puppetry Arts
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Based on the classic fable by Hans Christian Andersen and performed by award-winning puppeteer Louis-Philippe Paulhus, Artistic Director of the Theatre de Deux Mains of Montre?al, Canada, The Swan: An Ugly Duckling Tale is a funny, touching and deeply human story told wordlessly through exquisite marionette and rod puppetry. This past year, the production won the 2015 Best Design Award from the Puppeteers of America. (more...)

CLOSE TO YOU: BACHARACH REIMAGINED Original London Cast Recording Out in June
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Ghostlight Records will release the Original London Cast Recording of KYLE RIABKO's Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined in digital formats, Friday, June 24 with two-disc physical copies online and in stores Friday, July 1. (more...)

Annenberg Center Live Sets International Children's Festival Lineup
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Each year, Annenberg Center Live takes young audiences places they can only imagine with its annual Children's Festival. This year is no exception. The 2016 Philadelphia International Children's Festival is set to run June 2-4. The Festival features circus arts, music, Theatre and storytelling as well as lots of activities in the outdoor FUN ZONE. Tickets cost $10. Seating is general admission. Tickets are available online at AnnenbergCenter.org or by phone at 215.898.3900. The Annenberg Center is located at 3680 Walnut Street. (more...)

BWW Preview: Shrek Meets Fantasia in New Take on CINDERELLA at PASA
by Backstage Bunny - May 24, 2016

Cinderella's Makeover, which has its world premiere at Performing Arts San Antonio (PASA) opening June 10, presents a Shrek-like version of the Cinderella story with music from some of the world's greatest classical composers. (more...)

Wetumpka Depot Players to Host Jessica Meuse Benefit Concert, 6/17
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

The Wetumpka Depot Players are pleased to announce a season extra to benefit the community Theatre's children's Theatre program.  Jessica Meuse, singer, songwriter and American Idol finalist, will be in concert on June 17 on the Depot stage at 7pm. (more...)

Way Off Broadway to Host Princess Breakfast 2016, 8/13
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Way Off Broadway has announced that it is once again time for all of the young princesses in the land and their families to come together for this year's Princess Breakfast, The Fairytale Forest Fashion Show. This special family event will be held on Saturday morning, August 13th beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Theatre. (more...)

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER Begins 6/9 at Barter Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Developed by Disney, 'Peter and the Starcatcher' brings rambunctious summer fun to Barter Theatre beginning June 9. (more...)

Eddie Izzard Coming to The Beacon Theatre for Pair of Performances This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

WestBeth Entertainment and The Madison Square Garden Company announced that Eddie Izzard will return to the Beacon Theatre on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 8:00PM as part of his Force Majeure world tour. Tickets are on sale now. (more...)

Pan Asian Rep to Stage NO NO BOY in Washington D.C. & NYC in June
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

 Tisa Chang, Artistic Producing Director of PAN ASIAN REPERTORY Theatre, announces for its 39thseason a special limited run of NO-NO BOY by Ken Narasaki, directed by Ron Nakahara, and based on the groundbreaking novel by John Okada. Set in the aftermath of WWII as Japanese Americans return to the West Coast and called "eloquent…elegant and searing" by LA Weekly, NO-NO BOY will run from June 18-19 at the Burke Theatre in Washington, DC (701 Pennsylvania Ave.); June 21-25, 2016 at the Studio Theatre at Theatre Row in New York City (410 W. 42nd Street); and June 26 at Flushing Town Hall in Flushing, NY. Official opening in Washington DC will be June 18 at 7:00pm and in New York on June 21 at 7:30pm. (more...)

Broadway Dreams Foundation Celebrates its 10th Anniversary with New International Programs
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Broadway Dreams Foundation (BDF) will celebrate its 10th Anniversary with exciting new programming and expanded international destinations, including Russia and Brazil. The 2016 Summer Tour, GENERAT10N, will visit cities across the U.S. and Canada when it kicks off in Atlanta, GA on May 31, 2016. In each location, the premier non-profit performing arts training program will present an incredible roster of Broadway directors, performers, and industry insiders who will offer highly personalized musical Theatre training and mentoring through unique, week-long performing arts intensive workshops for students of all ages, skill levels, and socio- economic backgrounds. (more...)

NSU Theatre Company & The Limbic System, Inc. to Present CHOIR BOY
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

NSU Theatre Company, in collaboration with The Limbic System, Inc., a project of Patrick Mullins, is pleased to announce their co-production, Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney, a "stirring and stylishly told drama, Tarell Alvin McCraney cannily explores race and sexuality and the graces and gravity of history.' -NY Daily News. (more...)

Aussie R&B Artist Sam Fischer Drops Sultry 'Lean' Video Today
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

The track, recently premiered by Stereogum, features a sublime and laid-back chorus that melts into Sam's simple and soulful vocal. Infused with smooth R&B grooves and irresistible electronic beats, Sam is ready to unleash his unique pop sound.  (more...)

Mandy Gonzalez, Nick Blaemire, Jessica Vosk & More to Lead Developmental Reading of BREAD AND ROSE at NYMF
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

What would you sacrifice for your American dream? Must the American dream come at the cost of human dignity? These are the questions at the center of The New York Musical Festival's Developmental Reading of BREAD AND ROSES, a new musical with book and lyrics by Jill Abramovitz and music by Brad Alexander, inspired by true events and based on the film by Paul Laverty and Ken Loach. The cast features Genny Lis Padilla (On Your Feet, In The Heights), Nick Blaemire (Godspell, The SpongeBob Musical), Jessica Vosk (Fiddler, Finding Neverland), Mandy Gonzalez (In The Heights, Wicked) Ta'Rea Campbell (Book of Mormon, Little Shop) Wally Dunn (West Side Story, All Shook Up), Diomargy Nuñez (Frida Liberada) and Jon Rua (Hamilton). (more...)

BEST PICTURE Set for Toronto Fringe Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Eleven years after winning Best of Fest in Toronto Fringe with "BoyGroove" (also 2006 Audience Choice Dora Award), RibbitRePublic is back!  Three Fringe veterans join forces to play a cast of thousands in this epic, critically acclaimed tour de force.  Plank Magazine says, 'These three are truly Fringe masters.' (more...)

SIGNATURE PLAYS Gets One-Week Extension at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Signature Theatre has announced a one week extension for Signature Plays, which revisits the work of three Legacy playwrights with Edward Albee's The Sandbox, Maria Irene Fornes' Drowning, and Adrienne Kennedy's Funnyhouse of a Negro. Directed by Lila Neugebauer (A.R. Gurney's The Wayside Motor Inn), this trio of plays, all produced during their author's original Playwright-in-Residence season and presented together for the first time, celebrates Signature's rich and diverse history over the past quarter century. (more...)

Nathaniel Stampley, Richard Ruiz & More to Star in Marriott Theatre's MAN OF LA MANCHA
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Deemed one of the greatest musicals of all time and winner of five Tony Awards including Best Musical, MAN OF LA MANCHA rides into The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, previewing June 22, running through August 14 with a press opening on Wednesday, June 29 at 8 p.m. With book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion, and an exuberant score by Mitch Leigh, the breathtaking musical tells the rich story of chivalry, romance, idealism and dreaming "The Impossible Dream." Complemented by Musical Director Ryan T. Nelson, six-time Jeff Award Winner Nick Bowling (The King and I at The Marriott Theatre, The History Boys and Fiorello! at TimeLine Theatre) presents a unique production of the classic tale, bringing to life the parallels between the struggles of 16th Century Spain with the challenges of modern day society.  (more...)

Lift Up Your Hands! Tony Winner Lena Hall Will Play Two Roles in the HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH National Tour
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Lena Hall will reprise her Tony Award-winning performance as Yitzhak in the highly anticipated National Tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, the 2014 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival, in performances at the SHN Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco (October 2-30, 2016) and the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles (November 1-27, 2016). She will join previously-announced Darren Criss on the tour. (more...)

Tony Award Countdown: 30 Years In 30 Days, Julie Larson Accepts RENT Tonys For Her Brother Jonathan, 1996
by Michael Dale - May 24, 2016

The sister of RENT's late author gives an inspiring message for those who are still scraping by for their art. (more...)

Mark Rylance, GREAT COMET & More Win Boston's Elliot Norton Awards!
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

More than 25 nominations of outstanding actors, directors, designers and ensembles were announced today by The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA), with winners to be revealed at the 34th Annual Elliot Norton Awards on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 7 PM, at Boston's Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre. (more...)

VIDEO: Deaf West Needs Kickstarter Donations To Fund SPRING AWAKENING Tony Performance
by Michael Dale - May 24, 2016

Money is needed to fly the cast back to New York, get the costumes and instruments and props out of storage and pay for rehearsal space. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at World Premiere of Northern Ballet's JANE EYRE
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Join one of literature's most iconic heroines on a journey of courage, romance and tragedy with the World Premiere tour of Northern Ballet's JANE EYRE. Based on the novel by Charlotte Bronte and performed during the 200th anniversary of her birth, Northern Ballet will bring this beautiful love story to life at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from 10 - 11 June 2016. Tickets can be booked by calling the Box Office on 01902 42 92 12 or online at grandTheatre.co.uk.  (more...)

Cast Announced for ANNIE, JR. at Stages Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Stages Theatre Company (STC) presents the musical Annie, jr., directed by Sandy Boren-Barrett. This beloved musical is based on Little Orphan Annie (permission of The Media Tribune Services, Inc.,) book by Thomas Meehan, music by Charles Strouse, and lyrics by Martin Charnin. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) presents the sci-fi smash musical Little Shop of Horrors on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. at THE BLACK BOX, FPAC's home and theater located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin. (more...)

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