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Based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts

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follows the growth and enlightenment of a bitter young woman

accidentally scarred by her father. In hopes that a TV evangelist can

cure her, she embarks on a journey by bus from her sleepy North

Carolina town to Oklahoma. Along the way, she meets a young black

soldier who teaches her about beauty, love, courage and what it means

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astounded critics and audiences with its powerful story, its energetic,

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that are not afraid to deal with important, sensitive issues. Its

simple set and modest cast and orchestra requirements adjust to any

scale production. strongVIOLET /strongfeatures a strong ensemble cast with bravura roles for the two leads.


Colin Donnell, Laura Osnes and Nathan Gunn to Join The New York Pops for Lerner & Loewe Concert
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

On October 14, 2016 at 8:00PM, The New York Pops, led by Music Director Steven Reineke, will launch its 34th season at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, celebrating the legacy and timeless works of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. (more...)

Broadway for Hillary to Hold First Phone Bank for Clinton Campaign
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

BROADWAY FOR HILLARY has just announced Broadway Calls for Clinton, the organization's first action day of phone banking for the Clinton campaign. (more...)

Stages St. Louis Announces 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

STAGES St. Louis is thrilled to announce its spectacular 31st Season! The 2017 Season includes Andrew Lloyd Webber's inspiring JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, Dolly Parton's 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL, Rodgers and Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC, and our TYA version of SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL. According to Artistic Director Michael Hamilton, the season "explores the triumphant powers of family, friendship, loyalty, and community in an ever challenging world." The fun kicks off June 2nd and runs through October 8th, 2017. (more...)

MTC Kicks Off 50th Season with AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
by BWW News Desk - Sep 9, 2016

Marin Theatre Company opens its 50th Anniversary Season with Tracy Letts' August: Osage County. The play debuted at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, IL, moving directly to Broadway in 2007. Following its TONY® Award-winning NYC run, the production began its US National Tour in 2009. It has since enjoyed successful runs at theatres around the world, however MTC's production will be one of the first professional productions in the Bay Area since the Broadway tour in 2009. (more...)

Scoop: MOM on CBS - Monday, September 12, 2016
by TV Scoop - Sep 8, 2016

Get all the scoop on MOM, airing on CBS on Monday, September 12, 2016! (more...)

UNCLE PHILLIP'S COAT Stars Gene Weygandt at Greenhouse Theater Center
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

The Chicago Premiere of playwright Matty Selman's "Uncle Philip's Coat" will run at the Greenhouse Theater Center (2257 N. Lincoln Ave) Nov. 27 - Dec. 31. Directed by Elizabeth Margoliusand starring Gene Weygandt (best known as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in "Wicked" in Chicago and on Broadway), "Uncle Philip's Coat" follows Matty on his humorous and heartfelt journey of personal discovery, sparked by his inheritance of a tattered coat from his eccentric Russian-Jewish immigrant uncle Philip.  (more...)

MURDER BALLAD Gets Steamy West Coast Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2016

Sidecountry Theatre (SCT) is excited to present the West Coast premiere of Murder Ballad.  Murder Ballad is Sidecountry Theatre's (SCT) second production, following 2014's acclaimed and popular Passing Strange which was presented as part of ACT's Central Heating Lab program (now ACTLab). (more...)

Stuart Rogers Productions Presents THE PORTMAN DELUSIONS
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2016

STUART ROGERS PRODUCTIONS is thrilled to present a world premiere play, THE PORTMAN DELUSIONS, written by Adam Mervis and directed by Thomas Burr. THE PORTMAN DELUSIONS  will preview on Saturday, September 24 and open on Friday, September 30 at 8pmand run through Saturday, November 4 at the Raven Theatre, 5233 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood. (more...)

LUCHA VAVOOM Announces Special Guest for Halloween Shows: RuPaul's Season 7 Winner Violet Chachki
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

If you're chasing down absolute madness this Halloween, look no further thanLUCHA VAVOOM'S annual spectacular. The two-night celebration just got even crazier with the addition of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 7 winner, Violet CHACHKI, who is bringing her tiny, 18-inch waist and ferocious glamazon style to slay LUCHA VaVOOM's audience in Downtown Los Angeles at The Mayan. The innovative Violet will perform an aerial act for her sensational L.A. Burlesque debut. (more...)

Andrew Samonksy, Jason Graae, Beverly Ward and More to Star in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Concert at Rubicon
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

The 2015-16 Janet and Mark L. Goldenson Broadway Musical Concert Series at Rubicon Theatre Company concludes with a concert presentation of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. (more...)

Heartland Film Festival Unveils Film and Event Lineup for 25th Anniversary
by Movies News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Tonight nonprofit Heartland Film announced the full lineup and event schedule for its 25th annual Heartland Film Festival (Oct. 20-30, 2016) at a special event at The Athenaeum. (more...)

Mile Square Theatre Presents DRACULA: THE JOURNAL OF JONATHAN HARKER
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Mile Square Theatre, Hudson County's leading professional theatre, is proud to present the fourth production of its 2016 season, Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker, a play by Jim Helsinger, from the novel Dracula, by Bram Stoker. (more...)

Vintage Theatre Presents Roald Dahl's WILLY WONKA
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Vintage Theatre presents 'Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka' September 16 through October 30, at Vintage Theatre, 1468 Dayton St., Aurora 80010. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and Monday, September 26 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17 to $31 and available online at www.vintagetheatre.org or by calling 303-856-7830. Group discounts for 6+ are available. (more...)

Transport Group Announces 2016-17 Season: PICNIC and COME BACK, LITTLE SHEBA - William Inge in Repertory
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Drama Desk and OBIE-winning Transport Group will present Picnic and Come Back, Little Sheba: William Inge in Repertory, directed by Artistic Director Jack Cummings III, two plays in rotating repertory as the centerpiece of its 2016-17 season.  Performances begin Thursday, February 23 and run through Sunday, April 23 at the Gym at Judson, 243 Thompson Street.  The opening night has been set for Sunday, March 26. (more...)

Sutton Foster-Led SWEET CHARITY Extends Again Through December Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

Due to demand, The New Group has announced an additional week for Sweet Charity, the production launching the company's 2016-2017 Season. This twice-extended engagement, originally set to play through December 11, now runs through Friday, December 30. (more...)

Justin Vivan Bond to Kick Off Teatro ZinZanni's 'Joe's Pub Seattle' Series
by BWW News Desk - Sep 21, 2016

New York City's best cabaret venue has found a home in Seattle. In an all-new producing partnership, Teatro ZinZanni and Joe's Pub at The Public, one of New York City's most celebrated institutions for emerging and accomplished performance artists, present a brand new late night series, 'Joe's Pub Seattle.' (more...)

Artisan Center Theater Presents STATE FAIR
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

STATE FAIR opens at Artisan Center Theater on Friday, September 30, 2016 and runs through Saturday, November 5, 2016.  The 196 seat theater-in-the-round is located at 444 East Pipeline Road in Hurst.   (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE TAVERN at Bridge Street Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

Bridge Street Theatre, the newest addition to the Hudson VAlley Theatre scene, presents the first full production on its new Mainstage -- George M. Cohan's classic, 'The Tavern.' Performances run now through September 25 at 44 West Bridge Street in Catskill. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Dame Maggie Smith Accepts Her EMMY With a Little Snark for Jimmy Kimmel
by TV News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

On Sunday night's EMMY AWARDS, host Jimmy Kimmel was adamant that if actress Maggie Smith was the recipient of the award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, he would do everything in his power to keep the trophy from getting into her hands. (more...)

Tennessee Shakespeare Company Launches Ninth Season With TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2016

Tennessee Shakespeare Company, the Mid-South's professional, classical theatre, in partnership with Memphis' Hutchison School, will perform Christopher Sergel's revised stage adaptation of Harper Lee's daring American classic, To Kill a Mockingbird from September 20 through October 2. (more...)

BWW Review: GYPSY at Music Theatre Of Connecticut
by Melinda Zupaniotis - Sep 19, 2016

With a minimalist set depicting an abandoned stage - brick wall, ladder, random set pieces, and a piano - Music Theatre of Connecticut begins its 30th season with the iconic musical, Gypsy. Written in 1959, Gypsy harnesses the dream-team creative talents of music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by Arthur Laurents, plus the original production was directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. All of these legends combined certainly raises the bar for expectation, and therefore, this show can be a difficult one for any theatre to produce. All in all, MTC did a good job of presenting this whirlwind piece. You should go! (more...)

Goodman Theatre Extends WONDERFUL TOWN, Starring Lauren Molina and Bri Sudia
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

'It's Love!' Goodman Theatre adds eight performances of Mary Zimmerman's revival of Wonderful Town, extending the show through October 23. (more...)

Scoop: OWN October 2016 Highlights
by TV Scoop - Sep 19, 2016

Get all the scoop on OWN October 2016 Highlights (more...)

BWW Review: Desert Theatreworks Starts its Season with a Top-Notch Production of the Enigmatic Play, THE REALISTIC JONESES
by Audrey Liebross - Sep 19, 2016

Desert Theatreworks (DTW), Palm Desert's 501(c)(3) community theatre, is presenting Will Eno's esoteric play, THE REALISTIC JONESES. This top-notch production is a must-see for theatergoers interested in well-acted, absorbing, unsettling plays. However, the meaning of the play is difficult to discern. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Broadway for Hillary Hosts 'CALLS FOR CLINTON' Phone Bank
by Walter McBride - Sep 19, 2016

Over the weekend, Broadway For Hillary held 'Broadway Calls for Clinton,' the organization's first action day of phone banking for the Clinton campaign. Broadway's brightest came together for this volunteer organized event for a day of voter outreach in support of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, and BroadwayWorld has photos below! (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes Tony and Emmy Winner Thomas Kail
by Theater People Podcast - Sep 19, 2016

On Monday, September 18 the Theater People podcast welcomes Tony and Emmy Award winning director Thomas Kail. For the episode, Kail discusses creating the smash hit musical HAMILTON alongside his longtime collaborator Lin-Manuel Miranda. (more...)

Benjamin Scheuer's THE LION Sets Full Team for Run at The Old Globe
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

The Old Globe today announced the cast and complete creative team for the highly acclaimed musical memoir The Lion, written and performed by award-winning songwriter Benjamin Scheuer and directed by Sean Daniels. (more...)

Photo Flash: Actor's Co-Op Presents OUR TOWN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2016

Actors Co-op (Ovation Award-Winner 2014 Best Intimate Theatre Musical for 110 in the Shade) presents the first show in its celebratory 25th Silver Anniversary season with OUR TOWN, by Thornton Wilder and directed by Richard Israel.  OUR TOWN will preview on Wednesday, September 14 and Thursday, September 15 at 8pm and will open on Friday, September 16 at 8pm and run through Sunday, October 23 at the Actors Co-op David Schall Theatre, 1760 N. Gower St. (on the campus of the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood) in Hollywood. (more...)

E! Announces Live Red Carpet Coverage for the 2016 EMMY AWARDS This Sunday
by TV News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

E!'s signature LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET returns to bring pop culture fans the real magic of the red carpet with a 360 degree look at this year's “Emmy Awards” beginning this Sunday, September 18th at 4:30p ET/1:30p PT. (more...)

BWW Profile: Dame Maggie Smith Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen
by Matt Tamanini - Sep 16, 2016

This morning we are taking a look at the illustrious career of Dame Maggie Smith. I mean, she's a Dame after all; Queen Elizabeth doesn't just hand those out to anyone. Her career includes highlights from on stage, including 'The Importance of Being Earnest,' 'Private Lives,' and 'Lettice and Lovage;' to in films as 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,' 'Sister Act,' and 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel;' to her iconic role as Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham on 'Downton Abbey,' for which she is nominated for an Emmy for the fourth-consecutive year. (more...)

Ye Olde Rose and Crown Announces Full Casting for WONDERFUL TOWN
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Full casting has been announced for Wonderful Town at Ye Olde Rose and Crown, by All Star Productions. Wonderful Town is based upon the Play My Sister Eileen by Joseph Fields & Jerome Chodorov and the Short Stories by Ruth McKenney, with music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and a book by Joseph Fields & Jerome Chodorov. (more...)

E! Delivers the Real Magic of the Red Carpet for the 2016 EMMY AWARDS
by TV News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

E!'s signature “Live From The Red Carpet” returns to bring pop culture fans the real magic of the red carpet with a 360 degree look at this year's “Emmy Awards” beginning this Sunday, September 18th at 4:30p ET/1:30p PT.  Hosts Giuliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy, along with E!'s entire awards team of entertainment and fashion experts, will deliver the most in-depth and connected coverage of the entire night on-air, online and across mobile and social.  Plus, awards season fan favorite, the “E! Glambot,” returns to generate stunning living portraits of your favorite stars in real time.  With creative direction from some of the entertainment industry's leading directors, the “E! Glambot” will give viewers a front row Emmy experience like none other.   (more...)

Tickets on Sale for THE SOUND OF MUSIC in Indianapolis This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Tickets are on sale now for the brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien. This lavish new production will make its Indianapolis premiere January 10-15, 2017 at the Old National Centre as part of a North American tour.  (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Lauren Molina and Bri Sudia in WONDERFUL TOWN at the Goodman Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman's revival of WONDERFUL TOWN - Leonard Bernstein's classic musical that with lyrics by Betty Comdenand Adolph Green and book by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov, runs now through October 16 at Goodman Theatre's Albert Theatre (Opening Night is September 20). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of WONDERFUL TOWN Starring Lauren Molina, Bri Sudia and More!
by Stage Tube - Sep 15, 2016

Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman's revival of WONDERFUL TOWN - Leonard Bernstein's classic musical that with lyrics by Betty Comdenand Adolph Green and book by Joseph Fieldsand Jerome Chodorov, runs now through October 16 at Goodman Theatre's Albert Theatre (Opening Night is September 20). BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Two World Premieres and More Set for Ma-Yi Theater Company's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

A world-premiere play, Among the Dead by Hansol Jung; a world-premiere musical by Michi Barall, Paul Lieber, and Matt Park, PEER GYNT & the Norwegian Hapa Band; and the special presentation of the hit play The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! by Lloyd Suh in Manila comprise the season to be produced by Ma-Yi Theater Company during their 2016-2017 season, it is announced by the company's Producing Artistic Director Ralph B. Peña and Executive Director Jorge Z. Ortoll.  (more...)

American Blues Theater Presents the 15th Anniversary Production of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

American Blues Theater continues its 2016-2017 Season with the 15th Anniversary Production of the holiday favorite It's a Wonderful Life: Live in Chicago! The production, based on the beloved Frank Capra's film, is directed by Producing Artistic Director Gwendolyn Whiteside with music direction by Michael Mahler. It's a Wonderful Life runs November 18 - December 31, 2016 at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. in Chicago.   (more...)

Shake Up the Holidays with the SIC Shaker
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Seriously Ice Cold (SIC) is shaking up the holiday season with the launch of the first-to-market, double-wall stainless steel vacuum insulated cocktail shaker lid. The SIC Shaker will be the ideal gift for any party host, traveler, bartender or cocktail-enthusiast and will be available this November. (more...)

Southwark Playhouse Announces Full Casting for SIDE SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2016

Full casting is announced today for Broadway musical Side Show, which will receive its UK Premiere in a brand new production at Southwark Playhouse, opening on Wednesday 26 October with previews from Friday 21 October. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Cynthia Erivo & Joshua Henry Take Bows in THE LAST FIVE YEARS!
by Jennifer Broski - Sep 13, 2016

Last night, Tony Award-Winner Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple) and Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry (Shuffle Along, Violet) just starred in a special one-night-only benefit concert version of Jason Robert Brown's seminal musical, The Last Five Years, with the composer himself leading the orchestra. BroadwayWorld was there for the special night and you can check out photos below! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Highlights of Cynthia Erivo & Joshua Henry in THE LAST FIVE YEARS!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2016

Last night, Tony Award-Winner Cynthia Erivo and Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry just starred in a special one-night-only benefit concert version of Jason Robert Brown's seminal musical, The Last Five Years, with the composer himself leading the orchestra. Below, watch Erivo and Henry perform 'Still Hurting' and 'Moving Too Fast': (more...)

BWW TV: A Miracle Did Happen- Go Inside the Curtain Call for THE LAST FIVE YEARS!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 13, 2016

Last night, Tony Award-Winner Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple) and Tony Award nomineeJoshua Henry (Shuffle Along, Violet) just starred in a special one-night-only benefit concert version of Jason Robert Brown's seminal musical, The Last Five Years, with the composer himself leading the orchestra. (more...)

Shakespeare in the Bar Announces New Leadership
by BWW News Desk - Sep 12, 2016

Shakespeare in the Bar is proud to announce a new leadership team of artists which will allow the group to continue producing work in the years ahead. Co-founders Katherine Bourne and Dylan Key are thrilled to announce that Kevin Butler, Jeffrey Colangelo, Janielle Kastner, Marcus Stimac, and Katy Tye will take over as producers of Shakespeare in the Bar. Bourne and Key are departing to pursue opportunities in Chicago and San Diego respectively, but will continue to be involved in an advisory capacity. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Jason Robert Brown Shares THE LAST FIVE YEARS Orchestra Rehearsal Video
by Stage Tube - Sep 10, 2016

It just might be the most anticipated concert event of the year; the tickets for Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo and two-time Tony Nominee Joshua Henry's one-night-only performance of The Last Five Years sold out in less than an hour on the first day of the evening's pre-sale. With the concert, which will be performed at Town Hall, only two days away, the entire team is hard at work perfecting the piece before sharing it with the lucky few who nabbed tickets. This afternoon, Jason Robert Brown, the composer of The Last Five Years, took to Facebook to share a sneak peak of one of the orchestra's final rehearsals before the big night. Check it out below! (more...)

MATILDA Alums Jennifer Blood & John Sanders Will Rejoin Broadway Company
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2016

Two alumni of Matilda's Broadway company and national tour will join the Broadway company this month. (more...)

BWW Blog: Allison Rambler - Come Look At the Freaks: Taking Down the Tent
by Allison Rambler - Sep 1, 2016

The green room of The Belmont Theatre on August 21st, 2016 would have been a sight familiar to any actor who can recall the day their show closed. The cast and crew was gathered in a tight circle, clutching hands as the stage manager, Judi Miller, called places for the final time. Her announcement brought forth an eruption of cheers, a sound that mixed with the bittersweet feeling that had overcome us all at the thought of bringing our production of Side Show to life one last time. (more...)

Soraa LED Lighting Adds to Perfect Authenticity of Sydney's Spice Room
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2016

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LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES Finds Full Broadway Company for Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Full casting has been announced for the Donmar Warehouse production of Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses, starring Tony Award winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber, directed by the Donmar's Artistic Director Josie Rourke. (more...)

Twenty-Four to Make Broadway Debuts as 'GREAT COMET' Announces Complete Cast
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Complete casting has been announced for the new musical NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, featuring the Broadway debuts of 24 cast and creative team members, including Josh Groban* as 'Pierre' and Denee Benton* as 'Natasha.' (more...)

Sarah Ruhl's New Play SCENES FROM COURT LIFE to Open Yale Rep's 50th Anniversary Season; Cast Set!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

Yale Repertory Theatre, celebrating 50 years of daring artists, bold choices, and adventurous audiences, presents the world premiere of Scenes from Court Life, or the whipping boy and his prince by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Mark Wing-Davey, September 30-October 22 at Yale University Theatre (222 York Street). Opening Night is Thursday, October 6. (more...)

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