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BWW Review: Seattle Shakes' Gimmicky ROMEO AND JULIET Lacks Passion
by Jay Irwin - May 9, 2016

A few months back another group in Seattle put up an immersive production of "Romeo and Juliet" that blew me away and finally gave me the chance to see a completely solid production that I liked. But even while watching that I knew that Seattle Shakespeare Company would be closing out their season with their own intimate production of the show and I worried that the chances of getting another great production might be tempting fate or the theater Gods or the odds or whatever. Well unfortunately my fears were well founded as this new staging, while having a few stand out supporting performances, ultimately falls flat with a severe lack of passion or love (crucial for a love story) and an overarching theme that at best feels confusing and tacked on and at worst, pretentious. (more...)

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION Set for Theatre Royal Glasgow
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

Following its hugely successful launch last year, Bill Kenwright's new production of The Shawshank Redemption embarks on a national tour for 2016 coming to the Theatre Royal Glasgow from Monday 21 until Saturday 26 November. (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - Vanessa Dives into Dr. Seward's Past on Next PENNY DREADFUL
by - May 9, 2016

On the next episode of Showtime's PENNY DREADFUL, Vanessa is confronted by a familiar, who reveals a clue to her past and Kaetenay (Wes Studi) explains to Sir Malcolm the importance of their search for Ethan. (more...)

HAMILTON, THE INVISIBLE HAND Artists Top 2015 Henry Hewes Design Awards
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

BroadwayWorld is happy to report that four theater artists will be honored by the Henry Hewes Design Awards Committee during the presentation of its 2015 Awards in a luncheon ceremony, set for the coming fall. (more...)

Scoop: GRANDFATHERED on FOX - Today, May 10, 2016
by TV Scoop - May 9, 2016

Get all the scoop on GRANDFATHERED, airing on FOX on today, May 10, 2016! (more...)

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...)

by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Midtown Direct Rep (MDR), SOPAC, co-directors/producers Deborah Goldstein (Publisher, Village Q), Brooke Lefferts (Writer, Associated Press, NBC Today), Sandy Rustin (Playwright, Rated P ... for Parenthood, The Cottage, Struck) are will present Listen To Your Mother: North Jersey this Saturday, May 7, 2016. This 3rd Annual North Jersey production will have performances at 5pm (Mainstage) and 7:30pm (Loft Theater) at The South Orange Performing Arts Center (One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ, 07079). Open auditions were held in late January, and 13 writers were selected to join the movement of 'giving motherhood a microphone.' The 2016 cast will feature some of North Jersey's most talented writers and bloggers including: Lois Gallt Accardi, Ralph Buchalter, Moira Deziel, Laura Epstein, Brie Latini, Pam Lobley, Allyson Murphy, Doreen Oliver, Pat Ostrander, Joy Peskin, Otise Schuk, Carrie Schwartz, and Elizabeth Trundle. To get a great sense of the show, please visit: (more...)

Chita Rivera, Vanessa Hudgens, Derek Hough and More Join I'm a Dancer Against Cancer to Raise Awareness
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Broadway favorites Chita Rivera, Vanessa Hudgens and Paula Abdul, along with Derek and Julianne Hough, have teamed up with I'm a Dancer Against Cancer, a non-profit organization providing support to dancers, families and dance educators dealing with cancer.  (more...)

BWW Interview: Juan Carlos, Tatiana, & Sandra Cantu of IN THE HEIGHTS at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center
by Cary Ginell - May 6, 2016

In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical about community and family in a Dominican-American neighborhood in New York City, has a multi-layered meaning for its talented cast. The production, which is currently being presented at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, features veteran television actor Juan Carlos Cantu, returning to the stage after more than 30 years, to act besides his two daughters, Tatiana and Sandra. All three play major roles in the show, bringing the three together on stage for the first time. (Our review is in this week's Moorpark Acorn. We visited with the girls and their proud father before a Sunday matinee performance. (more...)

Diamond Head Theatre Presents PROMISES PROMISES, 5/20
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

Diamond Head Theatre (DHT) is excited to announce, Promises, Promises, opening on May 20, 2016.  (more...)

STAGE TUBE: New Trailer for THE TOXIC AVENGER at Southwark Playhouse
by Stage Tube - May 5, 2016

Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment in association with the King's Head Theatre, Guy James and Szpiezak Productions presents the European premiere of THE TOXIC AVENGER, directed by Benji Sperring with musical director Alex Beetschen. Performances run now through Saturday 21 May 2016. Click below for a new trailer featuring highlights from the show! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at ROMEO AND JULIET at Seattle Shakespeare Company
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Seattle Shakespeare Company presents ROMEO AND JULIET by William Shakespeare, directed by Vanessa Miller, opening this Friday, May 6, 2016 and closing May 22, 2016 at the Cornish Playhouse (201 Mercer Street, WA 98109). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Netflix Celebrates Global Launch of New Original Series MARSEILLE
by TV News Desk - May 4, 2016

Netflix, the world's leading internet TV network, celebrates the global launch of its original series MARSEILLE with a tribute to the capital of Provence, which served as the inspiration, setting and main character for the fictional new series. (more...)

NINE, MAJOR BARBARA, Kurt Weill Show and More Set for SU Drama's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

The Syracuse University Department of Drama packs three musicals, a wild comedy, a classic Shaw, and a never-before-produced contemporary comedy into a season full of surprises and infrequently performed theatrical gems. Beginning with the musical Nine, the 2016/2017 season includes Laura and the Sea, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins (co-produced with Syracuse Stage), The King Stag, Major Barbara, and From Berlin to Broadway With Kurt Weill: A Musical Voyage.  (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Daphne Rubin-Vega, Matthew Saldivar, Samira Wiley and More in DAPHNE'S DIVE at Signature Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Signature Theatre presents the world premiere of DAPHNE'S DIVE, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegria Hudes (Water by the Spoonful, In the Heights) and directed by Thomas Kail (Hamilton, Fox's 'Grease: Live'). The production is currently in previews for an extended run through June 12, with a May 15 opening night in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Audra McDonald, Vanessa Williams, Matthew Morrison & More Join Provincetown's Broadway Lineup!
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2016

Mark Cortale, Producing Artistic Director of The Art House in Provincetown, MA, has announced that 6-time Tony winner Audra McDonald will return to Provincetown on August 21 for one show only, joined by husband and fellow-Broadway star Will Swenson.  Matthew Morrison star of "Glee" and "Finding Neverland" is also slated to join pianist & host Seth Rudetsky for the Broadway @ Town Hall series on August 7th.  The Art House's hotly anticipated 2016 summer season will also include artists like Vanessa Williams, Kristin Chenoweth, Patti LuPone, Cheyenne Jackson, the Indigo Girls, Megan Hilty, Judy Kuhn, Gavin Creel and Steve Grand, among others. This summer, the venue's marquee Broadway concert series will again encompass performances at both The Art House as well as Provincetown's Town Hall. The Broadway @ Town Hall concert series will help raise funds for the Tyler Clementi Foundation. For Tickets visit or call 800-838-3006. (more...)

Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards Announce 2015-2016 Nominations
by Louisa Brady - May 27, 2016

The Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards have announced this year's nominations! See the full list below. The ceremony will take place June 6 at 7pm at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts in the Winningstad Theatre. (more...)

BWW Review: THE CUNNINGHAM TRUST Unveils a Dusty Extract
by Juan Michael Porter II - May 27, 2016

For whom is a dance made and why? This question kept coming to me as I watched the unveiling of Merce Cunningham's 'Cunningham Ballett' at Baryshnikov Arts Center on May 18th, 2016. Thought lost to time, a film recording of 'Ballett' was recently unearthed in the archives of Norddeutscher Rundrunk Studio Hamburg. Nearly 50 years after it was recorded, the premiere of Cunningham performing the solo 'Changeling' was shown, followed by a live presentation of the same piece. The question is to what end? As an iconoclast would Cunningham himself not have said, 'Let dead things sleep where they lie?' (more...)

Almeida to Broadcast Rupert Goold's RICHARD III, Starring Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave, July 21
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2016

The Almeida will broadcast Artistic Director Rupert Goold's production of RICHARD III, with Ralph Fiennes as Shakespeare's most notorious villain and Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Margaret, live to cinemas in the UK and around the world on 21 July. (more...)

Lineup Announced for 17th Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

The 17th Annual MIDTOWN INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL, running July 16 - August 7, 2016 at The WORKSHOP'S MAIN STAGE & JEWEL BOX, 312 W 36TH STREET. (more...)

American Repertory Ballet & Westminster College of the Arts Partner for Summer Offerings
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2016

?Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University has added a Summer Dance Institute to its repertoire. Rider's established relationship with Princeton Ballet School will open the doors for students to experience their renowned classic ballet technique, while appreciating and exploring the rich diversity of the dance world. This newly offered 2-week program is developed for young dancers, ages 14-18, with varying skill levels and disciplines. Each day focuses on solid dance training to include bodywork, ballet, contemporary, and a completely different form of dance, all with ballet as the base. (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...)

NYC Parks Launches Smart Bench Pilot Program
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, today joined Minerva Tantoco, Chief Technology Officer for the City of New York, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Members Vanessa L. Gibson and James Vacca, and Soofa to announce the launch of a new pilot program that will install five solar powered benches in Highbridge Parks -Manhattan and Bronx. Designed by Cambridge-based Soofa, an MIT Media Lab spin-off, the benches provide free, solar-powered charging for mobile devices and also aid NYC Parks in understanding how many people visit Highbridge Park by counting Wi-Fi enabled devices as they pass. The announcement was made during the agency's PARKS WITHOUT BORDERS summit at The New School, a conference on the future of parks and urban spaces. (more...)

FIMPRO Guadalajara Announces Expanding Music Conference and Showcase Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

In Guadalajara's beautiful venues and welcoming public squares, a new hub for musical exchange and professional collaboration throughout the Americas has emerged. (more...)

2016 Roger Rees Awards Honor New York Students; Winners Announced!
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

The Broadway Education Alliance Inc. presented The Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance (formerly the Gershwin Awards) on Sunday, May 22 at The Beacon School in Manhattan. The two-hour showcase hosted by Tim Federle (co-writer of Tuck Everlasting) featured 35 students who had played leading roles at 26 high school located throughout the five boroughs of New York, Long Island and Westchester. (more...)

Douglas Hodge & Kelli Barrett to Star in MY FAIR LADY at Bay Street Theater; Michael Arden Will Direct!
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Bay Street Theater has announced some of the principal cast of MY FAIR LADY, Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, Music by Frederick Loewe, Based on Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw & Gabriel Pascal's motion picture, and Directed by Michael Arden, Tony Award nominee and Outer Critics Circle Award winner for Best Director of a Musical for the Broadway revival of (more...)

14th Street Y to Host Annual Gala Next Week, Featuring Meet & Greet with GIRLS' Alex Karpovsky
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, The 14th Street Y will host its annual Gala featuring a VIP Rooftop Reception and Cocktail Party & Program, including cocktails by Tito's Handmade Vodka, in its dynamic theater space at The 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th Street, NYC. (more...)

Ballet Hispanico's 2016 CARNAVAL Gala Raises More Than $1 Million
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Ballet Hispánico raised more than $1 million in support of the company's artistic and educational work in New York City and around the country at their 2016 Galaon Monday, May 16, 2016. (more...)

Wesley Taylor, Vanessa Ray, Nicole Parker & More to Perform the Songs of Adam Wachter at Rockwell Table & Stage
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

ROCKWELL TABLE AND STAGE presents 'Just Come To This: The Songs of Adam Wachter' on Monday, May 23 at 8:00pm. The evening will feature works by up-and-coming musical theater composer/lyricist Adam Wachter, including original songs from his musicals Tarrytown and Zionsville, along with other favorites and new material written specifically for this night, all performed by a starry group of his obscenely talented, generous, and attention-hungry Broadway- and Television-star friends who have since all defected to the West Coast. (more...)

Charlie Pollock to Perform at The Woodland in Maplewood Village, 6/13
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

Broadway performer, Charlie Pollock will bring down the house at The Woodland in Maplewood Village at 7:00pm on Monday June 13th, to raise funds for the Achieve Foundation's 'Vanessa Pollock Music Initiative'. (more...)

Theater League of Clifton's CABARET Continues This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

Theater League of Clifton presents its Spring Musical 'Cabaret'. Directed by Kathleen Kellaigh, Music Directed by Jalmari Vanamo and Produced by: Maryann Irizarry, opened Friday May 13th, 2016. This is a strictly limited engagement continues through Sunday May 22nd, 2016 at the Theresa Apera Theater (199 Scoles Ave, Clifton, New Jersey 07012). (more...)

Marin Home and Garden Expo to Host Free Electric Vehicle Test-Drive Event
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016


by TV News Desk - May 17, 2016

TV ONE announced today Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story will premiere on Sunday, June 12 at 7 p.m. ET (encore presentation at 9 p.m. ET). Starring Teyonah Parris (Chi-Raq, Survivor's Remorse) in the title role and featuring a special cameo appearance from Grammy Award-nominated R&B songstress Miki Howard herself, this is the network's first-ever bio-pic inspired by TV One's signature series Unsung. (more...)

ABC Unveils 2016-17 Programming Slate Including Nine New Series
by TV News Desk - May 17, 2016

ABC continues its commitment to distinctive storytelling with the announcement of its 2016-17 slate of programming, including the addition of nine new series. Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment, will unveil the network's new lineup to the advertising and media communities this afternoon at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall, in New York City. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Signature Theatre Celebrates Opening Night of DAPHNE'S DIVE
by Jennifer Broski - May 16, 2016

Signature Theatre presents the world premiere of DAPHNE'S DIVE, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegria Hudes (Water by the Spoonful, In the Heights) and directed by Thomas Kail (Hamilton, Fox's 'Grease: Live'). The production just opened in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). BroadwayWorld brings you photos from the big night  below! (more...)

VIDEO: Sneak Peek - 'Another Demon' on Next PENNY DREADFUL on Showtime
by - May 16, 2016

On the next episode of PENNY DREADFUL on Showtime, Vanessa convinces Dr. Seward (Patti LuPone) to use hypnosis to take her back in time. (more...)

BWW Review: Quiara Alegria Hudes' Warm and Inviting DAPHNE'S DIVE Is Worth A Visit
by Michael Dale - May 16, 2016

The Pulitzer-winner's new play takes on the familiar scenario of bar regulars forming a family. (more...)

Broadway's Andrea Martin, Steven Boyer, Krysta Rodriguez & More Heading to NBC's New Season
by Caryn Robbins - May 16, 2016

Along with five sophomore series returning to the schedule, the network will also introduce several new series to the lineup, starring some of Broadway's favorite stars! (more...)

NBC Announces New Line-Up for 2016-17 Primetime Season; Shares Previews
by TV News Desk - May 16, 2016

Riding the momentum of a highly successful 2015-16 season, NBC announced today a new fall lineup for the 2016-17 primetime television season that builds upon a remarkably stable schedule. (more...)

by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

As the culminating event of its Stage Coach audience engagement and community outreach initiative, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) announced the world-premiere production Crack. Rumble. Fly.: The Bayview Stories Project, taking place during a two-day Bayview Festival (June 18-19, 2016) in San Francisco's Bayview-Hunters Point district. Commissioned by A.C.T. from Los Angeles-based playwright Aleshea Harris, Crack. Rumble. Fly.: The Bayview Stories Project is inspired by Sophocles' Oedipus the King and interweaves the lives and experiences of African Americans living in Bayview-Hunters Point, bringing to theatrical life the stories, questions, and connections shared during story circle workshops held in various neighborhood sites. (more...)

Vanessa Hudgens, Nick Jonas, Julianne Hough & More to Appear on NBC's RUNNING WILD WITH BEAR GRYLLS
by TV News Desk - May 13, 2016

Courteney Cox, Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens, Nick Jonas and Lindsey Vonn are set to take on the great outdoors on the upcoming season of NBC's adventure series "Running Wild with Bear Grylls." (more...)

by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2016

TITS! Thanksgiving Is A Tradition of Sin! promises to be one of the most irreverent, and smartest, comedies presented at the 2016 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Opening on June 4th at The Complex, the 10-actor comedic tour-de-force promises 90 minutes of non-stop one-liners, music, laughter, and all spoken and sung in the rhyming couplets style of Moliere. (more...)

FOX Axes Entire Slate of Freshman Comedies; GRANDFATHERED, GRINDER Among Casualties
by TV News Desk - May 13, 2016

Rob Lowe's THE GRINDER and John Stamos' GRANDFATHERED were among the shows which were cancelled by FOX yesterday. (more...)

Martha Plimpton & More to be Honored at Women of Achievement Awards; Lisa Lampanelli to Host
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

Women's Project Theater (WP Theater), under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Lisa McNulty and Managing Director Maureen Moynihan, has announced the 31st ANNUAL WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS GALA. (more...)

Exquisite Real Estate, Inc. Announces the Celebration of Their Fifth Year Anniversary With a Grand Re-Opening at Their New Location
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016


BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS Brings the Joy of Love and Family Traditions to Energetic Life on the Streets of Washington Heights
by Shari Barrett - May 11, 2016

Much like the much-loved musical "Fiddler on the Roof," IN THE HEIGHTS focuses on family love and traditions being challenged by the beliefs of the next generation. In our modern world where a good education can make all the difference, what does it take for a poor family to put a cherished only child through an expensive university? And what happens when the student cannot keep up and drops out and gets romantically involved with someone her parents don't think is good enough? And what happens when a neighborhood is challenged by urban renewal and its flavor is about to be lost? Can it be saved when local shop owners must leave their beloved neighborhood when rents rise? (more...)

Cast, Contributors Announced for History's Docu-Drama BARBARIANS RISING
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

HISTORY, announced today the cast and contributors for the global eight-part docu-drama, 'Barbarians Rising.' The cast portrays the legendary warriors as they're engaged in one of mankind's most timeless struggles - the fight for freedom. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at UP Theater's AN AMERICAN DRUM CIRCLE
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

Northern Manhattan's UP Theater Company celebrates its sixth season with, AN AMERICAN DRUM CIRCLE written by Washington Heights playwright, Vanessa Shealy. Vanessa's previous plays include Tea in the Afternoon (Theatre Row), One, Two, Whatever you do... (FringeNYC) and Inside Information (co-written by Rick Younger) which was just accepted to the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

4th Wall Theatre to Present BIG FISH
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2016

4th Wall Theatre, a non union professional theatre in Bloomfield, NJ is presenting the new 12 chair version of Big Fish premiered on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre in 2013.      (more...)

VIDEO: DAPHNE'S DIVE's Pulitzer-Winning Author Quiara Alegría Hudes Has High Praise For Director Thomas Kail
by Michael Dale - May 10, 2016

As a member of Signature's Residency Five, her new play is the first of three the company will premiere in the next five years. (more...)

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