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Playwrights Horizons (New York, NY)
416 West 42nd St.(between 9th & 10th Aves)

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Based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts

Set in 1964 in the Deep South during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, strongVIOLET/strong

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

to be an outsider. brbrOne of the most acclaimed off-Broadway shows of the ?90s, strongVIOLET/strong

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

toe-tapping Gospel, Rock, Country, and Rhythm and Blues score by a href="http://mtishows.com/biography.asp?writerid=3343"Jeanine Tesori/a, and its well-crafted book and lyrics by a href="http://mtishows.com/biography.asp?writerid=3237"Brian Crawley/a

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.


Avon Players to Present 9 TO 5
by BWW News Desk - May 9, 2016

 The hit 1980 workplace comedy film starring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton sings and dances its way to the Avon Players stage as they present 9 to 5 The Musical, running May 27-June 11. (more...)

Scoop: ONCE UPON A TIME on ABC - Sunday, May 15, 2016
by TV Scoop - May 9, 2016

Get all the scoop on ONCE UPON A TIME, airing on ABC on Sunday, May 15, 2016! (more...)

BWW Review: Step Right Up! Brown/Trinity Rep Steals Spotlight with Sensational SIDE SHOW
by Veronica Bruscini - May 8, 2016

Theater world, take notice: The Brown/Trinity Rep M.F.A. Class of 2017 is a force to be reckoned with. Their staging of SIDE SHOW impresses in every particular from casting and costuming to setting, dramatic pacing, and lighting. From curtain to curtain, this is theatrical storytelling at its finest. (more...)

L/A Community Little Theatre Announces the Cast of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2016

L/A Community Little Theatre is excited to announce the cast for their upcoming production of "August: Osage County." Tracy Letts is the literary genius behind this multi-award winning play. This production is being directed by Adam P. Blais, with original music by Paul G. Caron. (more...)

Rialto Chatter: Kathleen Marshall's Reworked THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN Heading to Broadway?
by Rialto Chatter - May 6, 2016

Could the recently reworked version of Meredith Willson musical THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN soon land on Broadway? (more...)

Gregory S. Moss's INDIAN SUMMER Starts Next Week at Playwrights Horizons
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

A friendly reminder! Previews begin next Friday, May 13 at 8PM for the Playwrights Horizons world premiere production of Indian Summer, a new play by Gregory S. Moss (Reunion; punkplay; Billy Witch; La Brea; Orange, Hat & Grace; House of Gold). (more...)

Keala Settle & More to Join Daniel Reichard in FRIENDS, ACQUAINTANCES, AND STRANGERS at Birdland
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2016

The Broadway at Birdland concert series has announced that on Sunday, May 8 at 6 PM, Daniel Reichard will return to the historic room with a spirited variety show entitled 'Friends, Acquaintances, and Strangers.' This concert, which takes place on Mother's Day, will feature Reichard and an eclectic gathering of some of New York City's most talented performing artists. (more...)

Violet Sands Reveal 'Airy Canary' w/ BULLETT, 'Strange Attractor' EP Out Fri
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2016

Booklyn-based indie-electronic trio Violet Sands reveal the “Airy Canary” today with Bullett Magazine in anticipation of their debut Strange Attractor EP out tomorrow on Ensemble Records. (more...)

BWW Interview: Marc Ciemiewicz, JOSEPH's Potiphar and Jacob
by Harmony Wheeler - May 4, 2016

BroadwayWorld spoke with Marc Ciemiewicz about color, character and special effects in the national tour of 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.' Marc plays both Jacob and Potiphar in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, which uses everything from Elvis-style to calypso and western in its telling of Joseph's rise to power in Bible-times Egypt. (more...)

BWW Review: THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL at Capital Repertory Theatre
by Gianluca Russo - May 3, 2016

There are very few productions that move me to tears, the last being Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Violet starring Sutton Foster, ironically also based on a woman's journey to happiness. And though I usually stay composed and proper, something about Capital Repertory Theatre's beautiful production of The Trip to Bountiful compelled me to join in on the show's emotional rollercoaster and ponder upon the current state of my own life. (more...)

Rosie Perez & More Join TBS's SEARCH PARTY in Recurring Roles
by TV News Desk - May 3, 2016

TBS's SEARCH PARTY has added several key players to an already stellar cast. Oscar(R) nominee Rosie Perez (Pineapple Express, Fearless), Golden Globe(R) nominee Ron Livingston (Office Space, The Conjuring), Golden Globe nominee Parker Posey (Best in Show) and Christine Taylor (more...)

17th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival Announces Award Winners
by Movies News Desk - May 3, 2016

The Newport Beach Film Festival (NBFF) announced today the winners of the 2016 Festival. On April 28, 2016, the Festival wrapped up its eight day run with the Southern California premiere of The Fixer starring Dominic Rains, James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan and Melissa Leo at Lido Live (3459 Via Lido, Newport Beach) with the post party in the Via Lido Plaza. (more...)

Harvey Fierstein, Andrew Rannells & More Set for Trevor LIVE New York
by TV News Desk - May 3, 2016

Broadway stars will join New York's LGBTQ community and allies at The Marriott Marquis to celebrate "TrevorLIVE New York," an inspiring and irreverent evening of comedy and music benefitting The Trevor Project (more...)

The Trevor Project Will Honor Jordan Roth & Richie Jackson at New York Benefit; Judith Light, Harvey Fierstein to Appear
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2016

Broadway stars will join New York's LGBTQ community and allies at The Marriott Marquis to celebrate "TrevorLIVE New York," an inspiring and irreverent evening of comedy and music benefitting The Trevor Project, with first-time Special Guest Director, Tony Award-nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet, Well) and Special Guest Writer Tim Federle (Tuck Everlasting, Better Nate Than Ever). The (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...)

OPM Breach Fallout Grows as Imperatis Bails on the Clean-Up
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2016

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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...)

LJUBICICA - WILD VIOLET Set for Melbourne Cabaret Festival at The Butterfly Club
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2016

Ljubicica - Wild Violet is a heartwarming story of the hope, love and legacy of a Croatian wild flower, starring Josipa Draisma it plays as part of The Melbourne Cabaret Fringe Festival at The Butterfly Club from 21 - 26 June, 2016 (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes SPRING AWAKENING's Boniello, Mientus, Rodriguez
by Theater People Podcast - May 23, 2016

On Monday, May 23 the Theater People podcast welcomes Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus, and Alex Boniello. The three sit down to discuss the Tony nominated Deaf West Theater production of SPRING AWAKENING in which they all starred. Topic discussed include how they each came to the production, the unique and exciting challenges of working in a Deaf West production, and how it feels for their show to have been nominated for a Tony Award. (more...)

BWW Review: FAC's 9 TO 5 a Couple Hours of Light Entertainment
by Christi Esterle - May 23, 2016

9 to 5: The Musical takes place in 1979-a fact the Fine Arts Center hammers home with an abundance of geometric, high-contrast design, bell-bottoms, and loud shirts-but the story it tells feels oddly contemporary: hostile work environments, wage inequality, sexual harassment. About the only thing different is that the regular eight-hour shift described by the title is a distant, wistful memory. (more...)

FSLC Announces New Editorial Director and Editor of Film Comment
by TV News Desk - May 2, 2016

The Film Society of Lincoln Center is pleased to announce Michael Koresky as the organization's new Editorial Director and Nicolas Rapold as Editor of Film Comment. (more...)

Scoop: MOM on CBS - Thursday, June 9, 2016
by TV Scoop - May 19, 2016

Get all the scoop on MOM, airing on CBS on Thursday, June 9, 2016! (more...)

Scoop: MOM on CBS - Thursday, June 2, 2016
by TV Scoop - May 19, 2016

Get all the scoop on MOM, airing on CBS on Thursday, June 2, 2016! (more...)

Scoop: MOM on CBS - Thursday, May 26, 2016
by TV Scoop - May 19, 2016

Get all the scoop on MOM, airing on CBS on Thursday, May 26, 2016! (more...)

STAGES St. Louis to Present Disney's ALICE IN WONDERLAND, 6/15-7/3
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Tumble down the rabbit hole with STAGES St. Louis this summer for its Theatre for Young Audiences production, Disney's Alice in Wonderland, June 15th - July 3rd, at The Playhouse at Westport Plaza in Maryland Heights. This whimsical journey to a land beyond imagination is a fantastic adventure the whole family can enjoy! (more...)

The Public's 2016-17 Season to Feature Nia Vardalos, David Byrne's Alex Timbers-Helmed SAINT JOAN, GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM with Harvey Fierstein & More!
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2016

Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham announced the line-up today for The Public's 2016-17 season. (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...)

Breaking News: Sutton Foster Will Lead The New Group's Revival of SWEET CHARITY This Fall; 2016-17 Season Set!
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

Sutton Foster, currently starring in TV Land's hit series YOUNGER, will soon return to the stage! (more...)

Sandy Taylor and Justin Anthony Long to Star in MARY POPPINS at MPAC This Spring
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) presents its fourth annual spring production, MARY POPPINS, from June 3, 2016 to June 5, 2016. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Sutton Foster Perform SWEET CHARITY!
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

This won't be the first time that Foster has sung the role. Check out some of her past Charity performances below! (more...)

RuPaul Crowns America's Next Drag Superstar in 'DRAG RACE' Season 8 Finale
by TV News Desk - May 17, 2016

After a season filled with gag-worthy challenges, ferocious runway looks, and cutthroat competitors, Bob The Drag Queen has been crowned the winner of Logo's RUPAUL's DRAG RACE season 8. (more...)

THE SOUND OF MUSIC National Tour Coming to The Smith Center in August
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

?Tickets go on sale for the brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien on May 20 at 10AM. This lavish new production will make its Las Vegas premiere August 2 - 14 at The Smith Center as part of a North American tour.  Tickets can be purchased at www.TheSmithCenter.com. For more information, please visit www.TheSoundOfMusicOnTour.com. (more...)

The Theater People Podcast Welcomes BRIGHT STAR Tony-Nominee Carmen Cusack; Listen HERE!
by Theater People Podcast - May 16, 2016

On Monday, May 16 the Theater People podcast welcomes BRIGHT STAR's Tony nominated leading lady, Carmen Cusack. (more...)

Pear Theatre Presents AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY This Summer
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2016

Pear Theatre completes its 2015/2016 season with AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, a searing, dark comedy of an American family, where secrets and lies spill out over dysfunctional dinners and drug-laced arguments, and nothing is sacred-or safe. Called 'Hugely entertaining! A ripsnorter full of blistering, funny dialogue, acid-etched characterizations and scenes of no-holds-barred emotional combat' by The New York Times, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY won a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize in 2008. (more...)

Official: Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford Cast in Musical SIDE SHOW at Southwark Playhouse
by Marianka Swain - May 13, 2016

First casting is announced today for Broadway musical Side Show, which receives its UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse. Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford will play conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton in the brand new production, which runs October 21 to December 3, with a press night on October 26. (more...)

Sisters! Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford to Star in Revised SIDE SHOW in London
by Jessica Khan - May 12, 2016

The cult musical SIDE SHOW, receiving its London premiere at the Southwark Playhouse later this year, has found its leading twin sisters. The (more...)

York Theatre Company to Launch Spring Developmental Reading Series
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2016

The York Theatre Company and its acclaimed Developmental Reading Series will present staged readings of three new musicals: A Tale of Two Cities, with book, music and lyrics by Wendy Kesselman, Platinum, with lyrics and music by Will Holt and Gary William Friedman, and book by Stevie Holland with Gary William Friedman, and The Fitzgeralds of Saint Paul, with book, music and lyrics by Christie Baugher, at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). (more...)

Tony Winner Levi Kreis to Headline Diversity Honors, to Benefit Harvey Milk Foundation & Pride Center
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Tony award-winning actor/singer Levi Kreis will make a special appearance at Diversity Honors, the highly touted fundraiser for the Harvey Milk Foundation and The Pride Center at Equality Park at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL. (more...)

Celia Keenan-Bolger, John Ellison Conlee & More Set for Clubbed Thumb's 2016 Summerworks Series
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Five-time Obie Award-winning theater company Clubbed Thumb has announced initial casting for SUMMERWORKS, its annual series of new plays. (more...)

Photo Flash: Dame Maggie Smith Opens SHAKESPEARE'S DEAD Exhibition at Oxford
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2016

Dame Maggie Smith visited the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries yesterday to open SHAKESPEARE'S DEAD, the Libraries' summer exhibition. The celebrated actress joined donors and special guests, including renowned playwright Alan Bennett and Lord Patten of Barnes, the Chancellor of the University of Oxford, at the Bodleian's newly-refurbished Weston Library for the official opening of the exhibition, which runs until 18 September. Scroll down for photos from the opening! (more...)

Clubbed Thumb Sets Starry 2016 Summerworks Series; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2016

Five-time Obie Award-winning theater company Clubbed Thumb has announced initial casting for SUMMERWORKS, its annual series of new plays. (more...)

Simply Full of Jazz! Meet the Whole Cast of 'SHUFFLE ALONG', Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 28, 2016

A re-imagined version of the 1921 musical SHUFFLE ALONG, one of the earliest stage hits starring, written and directed by African-Americans, opens tonight, April 28, on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. SHUFFLE ALONG has a new book and is directed by George C. Wolfe, choreographed by Savion Glover. Scroll down to learn more about the company, plus watch SUNDAY MORNING's recent behind-the-scenes look at the show! (more...)

Scoop: MOM on CBS - Thursday, May 19, 2016
by TV Scoop - Apr 28, 2016

Get all the scoop on MOM, airing on CBS on Thursday, May 19, 2016! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at BLITHE SPIRIT at The Sherman Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

On Friday, April 29, The Sherman Playhouse will kick off its 2016 Season with the premiere of Noel Coward's classic comedy, BLITHE SPIRIT. The curtain rises at 8:00 p.m. for a four-week run. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

L/A Community Little Theatre Announces Cast of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

L/A Community Little Theatre is excited to announce the cast for their upcoming production of "August: Osage County." Tracy Letts is the literary genius behind this multi-award winning play. This production is being directed by Adam P. Blais, with original music by Paul G. Caron. (more...)

Who's on the Wheel of Life? Meet the Full Cast of TUCK EVERLASTING, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 26, 2016

TUCK EVERLASTING, the new musical based on Natalie Babbitt's beloved best-selling novel of the same name, with direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (Something Rotten!, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon), officially opens tonight, April 26, 2016 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 West 44th Street). Scroll down to learn more about the company, plus watch highlights from the show! (more...)

First Look - Tony Winner Neil Patrick Harris Takes on LEMONY SNICKET Villain for Netflix
by TV News Desk - Apr 26, 2016

As BWW reported last month, Neil Patrick Harris will lead Netflix's series adaptation of Lemony Snicket's A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS from Paramount TV. The Tony Award winner has official (more...)

Jeanine Tesori & Kate Baldwin Set for 2016 Sarah Siddons Awards, Honoring Sutton Foster & Brian D'Arcy James
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Chicago's Sarah Siddons Society recently announced winners of their prestigious annual Actor of the Year Award to be presented on May 16, 2016 at Northwestern University's Pick Staiger Concert Hall. Two of Broadway's most popular performers, Sutton Foster and Brian D'Arcy James, will be this year's recipients. The event is being co-sponsored by Northwestern's School of Communication, Barbara O'Keefe, Dean. (more...)

The Drama League Reveals Recipients of 2016 Directors Project Fellowships
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

The Drama League has announced the 11 stage directors who have been selected as the 2016 Directing Fellows of The Drama League Directors Project: Noa Egozi, Drew Feldman, Sara Holdren, Candis Jones, Yavor Kostov, Katie Lupica, James Palmer, Jesca Prudencio, Ilana Ransom Toeplitz, Chloe Treat, Shaun Patrick Tubbs. More information can be found at www.dramaleague.org (more...)

The Filling Makes the Pie! Meet the Full Cast of WAITRESS, Opening Tonight on Broadway
by Meet the Cast - Apr 24, 2016

Broadway's WAITRESS began performances on Friday, March 25 with a bang, setting a house record for a single performance the Brooks Atkinson Theatre and announcing a new block of tickets on sale through January 1, 2017. WAITRESS opens today, April 24, 2016. Get ready for tonight's opening bows by scrolling down to learn more about the company, plus watching highlights from the show! (more...)

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