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Chor Boogie's Political Multimedia Works Set for AMERICAN BANNED Exhibition
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

We are the witnesses and actors within a crucial time in American history, at a crossroads of the concluding chapter of the first black presidency and the audacity of dreaming of social justice and equality versus the counter-reactionary of a demagogue candidate for president that openly promotes bigotry and violence. (more...)

Review Roundup: THE FRONT PAGE Opens on Broadway- All the Reviews!
by Review Roundups - Oct 20, 2016

The Front Page, Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's classic 1928 comedy set in the world of the Chicago newspaper business, had its official opening performance tonight at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 W. 44th Street). (more...)

Christopher Haydon Announces Final Season as Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 19, 2016

Artistic Director Christopher Haydon today announces the Gate Theatre's new season entitled Resist!, his final season as Artistic Director.  (more...)

TBS Orders Straight-to-Series Comedy Starring Tracy Morgan
by TV News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

TBS's stable of original comedies continues to grow with the straight-to-series pick-up of a new series from comedy superstar and multiple Emmy(R) nominee Tracy Morgan (30 Rock). (more...)

Acclaimed Artist Chor Boogie Returns to Miami with Latest Political Multimedia Works
by BWW News Desk - Oct 18, 2016

We are the witnesses and actors within a crucial time in American history, at a crossroads of the concluding chapter of the first black presidency and the audacity of dreaming of social justice and equality versus the counter-reactionary of a demagogue candidate for president that openly promotes bigotry and violence. (more...)

BWW Review: South Coast Rep Reimagines Shakespeare in DISTRICT MERCHANTS
by Michael L. Quintos - Oct 17, 2016

Coming off the heels of another politically-charged play ALL THE WAY that they presented last month, Orange County's Tony Award-winning regional theater South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa is following up that searing drama with a staging of a brand new production of playwright Aaron Posner's DISTRICT MERCHANTS, a clever, thoughtful, and occasionally humorous re-imagining of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. This time around, the play-a self-aware comedic drama set during America's post-Civil War Reconstruction era-continues performances through October 23, 2016. (more...)

WHO WILL SING FOR LENA? to Play 2016 United Solo Festival
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2016

Innocent? Black and poor Lena Mae Baker was judged guilty in 1944 rural Georgia of killing a White Man. But wasn't it rape and self-defense? Not so, said a racist judge and jury of 12 white men, and Lena became the first and only woman executed in Georgia's electric chair. Finally, we hear her side of the story. (more...)

BWW Review: SCHOOL OF ROCK, New London Theatre
by Marianka Swain - Nov 17, 2016

Andrew Lloyd Webber may seem an unlikely rock god, but he's harnessed anarchic musical liberation for this big-hearted, irresistibly entertaining new show, adapted from the popular Jack Black film. Its success on Broadway looks likely to be replicated here, given its broad appeal, hummable hits and giddy, live-action cartoon hijinks framing the seriously impressive talent of its young rockers. (more...)

BWW Review: Park Square Theatre's Powerful A RAISIN IN THE SUN Closes this Weekend but Continues for Students through December
by Jill Schafer - Nov 17, 2016

Langston Hughes' poem DREAM DEFFERRED is the source of the title of short-lived but influential playwright Lorraine Hansberry's classic play A RAISIN IN THE SUN. She died at the age of 34 just six years after the play opened on Broadway in 1959, but her work still resonates today. The story of a black family's struggle in 1950s Chicago to accomplish their dreams in a world that didn't want to let them can be palpably felt in the context of today's world. It's a great choice, then, for Park Square Theatre's 2016-2017 season and for their student matinee program, which serves over 30,000 students every year. And it's an incredibly moving production that brings out all the richness of Hansberry's writing. The fantastic local cast and the intimacy of the Andy Boss thrust stage making you feel as if you're in the Younger living room with them, experiencing this devastating, life-changing, and hope-inspiring event. (more...)

Casting Announced for First Two Steppenwolf Shows of 2017: STRAIGHT WHITE MEN and LINDA VISTA
by BWW News Desk - Nov 15, 2016

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announces final casting for Straight White Menby Young Jean Lee (February 2 - March 19, 2017) and the world premiere of Linda Vista (March 30 - May 21, 2017) by ensemble member Tracy Letts; the first two shows of 2017. (more...)

BWW Interview: Michael Innocenti & Eleanor J. Todd of PARADE at Keegan Theatre
by Jamie McGonnigal - Mar 6, 2017

When PARADE opened on Broadway in 1998, it was a historical musical drama based on a true story about anti-semitism and racism in the post Civil-War South. Nearly 20 years later, it has become a stark reminder of times we may not want to return to, but our front pages seem to be repeating. (more...)

Hottest Articles on BWW 3/21/2017 - 3/28/2017
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Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com 3/21/2017 - 3/28/2017. (more...)

BWW Morning Brief March 28th, 2017 - CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY and More!
by Jessica Khan - Mar 28, 2017

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Today's big news: CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY starts previews on Broadway tonight! (more...)

VIDEO: Andrew Rannells Belts Out an Original 'Smash' Tune on Last Night's GIRLS
by Caryn Robbins - Mar 27, 2017

On last night's episode of GIRLS on HBO titled 'The Bounce', Elijah (played by Andrew Rannells) participated in an open-call audition for a Broadway adaptation of 'White Man Can't Jump: The Musical.' (more...)

BWW Interview: Catching Up with HOLIDAY INN Star and Humanitarian Bryce Pinkham
by Alexa Criscitiello - Mar 25, 2017

Emilio Criscitiello is a musician, published author, and resident music teacher at The Hungerford School in Staten Island, New York. A veteran teacher of students with special needs for over twenty years, he instructs, inspires, and empowers his students to a path of acceptance and joy through the magic of the arts and the power of music. He also happens to be my father. So when he called to tell me that a 'Broadway guy' would be visiting his school to act as principal for the day, my interest was very easily piqued. (more...)

FRIDAY 5 (+1): A TIME TO KILL's James David West
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 24, 2017

Actor James David West, who takes on the role of the Southern lawyer at the center of the play, took time from his hectic tech week schedule to answer our Friday 5 (+1) questions to give us an idea why booking reservations to see the show should be something to do right this minute - or at least after reading this interview. Get to it! (more...)

Second Thought Theatre Opens Area Premiere of STRAIGHT WHITE MEN
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2017

Second Thought Theatre continues its 2017 season of change with the area premiere of Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee. Local director/actor Christie Vela returns to direct for the company after making her acting debut for Second Thought last summer in A Kid Like Jake. Straight White Men begins with previews on Wednesday, April 12 and runs through Saturday, May 6. All performances of Straight White Men will take place at Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys Campus, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Tickets to Straight White Men can be purchased online at 2TT.co. (more...)

BWW Special Feature: Top Ten Highlights from the Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards
by David Fick - Mar 20, 2017

The Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards were presented at a ceremony themed 'Live with Flair' at the Artscape Theatre Center last night, with the undisputed highlight of the night being the disruption of the ceremony by Mamela Nyamza, Chuma Sopotela, Buhlebezwe Siwani, and Zikhona Jacobs. (more...)

BWW Review: Keegan Theatre Presents Masterful PARADE, A Must See Production
by Jeffrey Walker - Mar 18, 2017

Co-directed with precision by Christina A. Coakley and Susan Marie Rhea, Keegan's PARADE keeps the staging simple and imaginative, cutting away clutter and using only the barest of props and scenic elements to help the story unfold. No one who has seen previous Keegan musicals, such as HAIR, CABARET, or AMERICAN IDIOT could be surprised by the quality of this rendering of PARADE; I fully expect this production to be recognized multiple times when the next round of Helen Hayes Awards comes around. (more...)

Theatre Horizon Concludes 12th Season with World Premiere of James Ijames' WHITE, 4/27- 5/21
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2017

Theatre Horizon's 12th season concludes with a World Premiere by a Philadelphia favorite. The theatre is presenting the World Premiere of James Ijames' smart and hilarious WHITE. Winner of the 2015 Terrence McNally New Play Award, WHITE runs April 27-May 21. Opening Night is Wednesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20-$35. Theatre Horizon is located at 401 DeKalb Street. Tickets and more information are available online at www.theatrehorizon.org or by phone at 610-283-2230. (more...)

LA HAVANA MADRID and More Set for Steppenwolf's LookOut Lineup; Audra McDonald Show Added!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2017

Steppenwolf's LookOut Series has announced a slate of programming for spring curated by two of Chicago's most talented and prolific theater artists: Actor/Playwright/Musician Sandra Delgado and Actor/Director Sandra Marquez, who is also a Steppenwolf ensemble member. Sandra Delgado is the playwright and star of Teatro Vista's upcoming production of La Havana Madrid, also running this spring in Steppenwolf's 1700 Theatre (April 14-May 21) as part of the theater's Visiting Company Initiative. (more...)

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, BROADWAY BACKSTAGE and More Set for On Stage at Kingsborough This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

On Stage at Kingsborough, a leading performing arts presenter located at Brooklyn's Kingsborough Community College presents its 2017 spring season, featuring world class artists from around the globe. On Stage at Kingsborough brings internationally renowned performing artists to Southern Brooklyn with an eclectic roster spanning multiple genres including music, dance, theatre and family programming. The full 2016-2017 season began September 24, 2016 and runs through May 20, 2017. (more...)

Mad River Theater Works to Bring the Story of Jackie Robinson to Raue Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

Raue Center For The Arts is excited to welcome Mad River Theater Works for a performance of “Everybody's Hero: The Jackie Robinson Story” at 10 a.m. on January 31, 2017. This original musical presented by Mad River Theater Works tells the inspirational story of the first African American to play Major League Baseball. (more...)

The Theatre School at DePaul University Presents WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT...
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2017

The Theatre School at DePaul University is pleased to present We Are Proud to Present... by Jackie Sibblies Drury, and directed by Erin Kraft on the Fullerton Stage at The Theatre School at DePaul University. The production opens on Friday, February 10, and runs through Sunday, February 19, 2017. Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Previews are on February 8 and 9 at 7:30 PM.  (more...)

Mark Spano Releases MIDLAND CLUB
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

Thunderfoot Press author Mark Spano's new 120-page book, Midland Club, officially released just one month ago, is already receiving rave reviews from critics and readers and remains ranked at 4.3 stars out of five among Amazon Customer Reviews. 'I'm stunned and humbled by the favorable critical responses to Midland Club,' Spano said recently. 'What, though, is of greater consequence is that the book has struck a chord with its readers. That is surely every writer's ambition.' Set in 1958 in a Midwestern town, Midland Club is a 120-page mystery novel about corruption, lies, and murder. The protagonist, Rich St. Pierre, is compelled to expose the truth about a friend's death knowing he's risking his own life in the process. The protagonist is a gay White Man and a member of a highly respected family. The deceased is a gay black man. The premise intrigued two reviewers with Gaybook Reviews.com. One described the book as 'a small jewel...melancholic, lyric, flawlessly smooth and realistic... an excellent piece of gay fiction of exceptional quality.' The other reviewer called the book 'a dark and cynical tale that reads like a film noir classic,' adding: 'The beauty of Midland Club is the telling of the tale, rather than the answer to the mystery...There's a bit of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil amidst the melancholy and I highly recommend this book.' Mark Spano admits that he set Midland Club in his old neighborhood in his hometown, Kansas City, MO. But in his book, he refers to the location only as 'a Midwestern city.' Yet one Amazon reader, also a Kansas City native, said he immediately recognized the city's 'repressive social strictures of decades ago, designed to prevent the intersections of ethnicity, class, and forbidden love at the heart of this tale of passion and loss.' Spano 'can be proud of his story,' he wrote, 'as it perfectly captures that place and time to create an engaging work of noir fiction. It kept me reading non-stop until the end, meriting this hearty recommendation.' Another reader echoed that sentiment, adding, 'This book is more than just a murder mystery. It speaks to the human condition.' About The Author: Mark Spano is a filmmaker and author of five works of fiction and a memoir. As a filmmaker, his work includes The Quality of Light: A Biography of Claude Howell and the definitive documentary on Sicily, 'Reimagining Sicily.' He holds advanced degrees from Marymount University of Virginia and the American University in Washington, D.C., and now resides in rural Orange County, North Carolina. (Headshot available on request.) For more information: blog.markspano.com. (more...)

Composer/Vocalist M Lamar Collaborates with Hunter Hunt-Hendrix on New Album
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2017

Acclaimed Brooklyn-based composer/vocalist/pianist and visual/fine artist M Lamar creates music that crosses opera, metal and blues, and his diverse musical taste (more...)

Photo Flash: Inside Rehearsal for STRAIGHT WHITE MEN at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company welcomes internationally acclaimed playwright and director Young Jean Lee this winter as she directs the Chicago premiere of her play, Straight White Men. The fearless and entertaining play features ensemble member Alan Wilder as the patriarch, Ed, who welcomes home his three sons-Madison Dirks (Jake), Ryan Hallahan (Drew) and Brian Slaten (Matt) for the holidays. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below! (more...)

BWW Review: THE TENS at Actors Theatre Of Louisville - Angst and Issues of the Day
by Keith Waits - Jan 20, 2017

The plays of Actors Theatre's annual free Tens festival take on the issues of our day, racial tensions, violence, and police harassment, but weave them amid the promise and angst of new relationships. (more...)

Photo Flash: Steppenwolf Unveils Art for Young Jean Lee's STRAIGHT WHITE MEN
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company welcomes internationally acclaimed playwright and director Young Jean Lee this winter as she directs the Chicago premiere of her play, Straight White Men. The fearless and entertaining play features ensemble member Alan Wilder as the patriarch, Ed, who welcomes home his three sons-Madison Dirks (Jake), Ryan Hallahan (Drew) and Brian Slaten (Matt) for the holidays. Scroll down for a peek at the official artwork for the show! (more...)

M Lamar Presents NYC Premiere of FUNDERAL DOOM SPIRITUAL at National Sawdust
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Acclaimed Brooklyn-based composer/vocalist/pianist and visual/fine artist M Lamar creates music that crosses opera, metal and blues, and his musical performances have been described as having an 'otherworldly quality'.  The genre-defying artist, who received high praise for his last multi-media show, 'Negrogothic, a Manifesto, the Aesthetics of M. Lamar', is proud to present the NYC premiere of 'Funeral Doom Spiritual', a special multi-media performance, with 4 concerts at National Sawdust this Friday and Saturday, 1/13 and 1/14, in conjunction with the fifth season of the PROTOTYPE festival.  On the heels of the shows, he will be releasing two new albums, 'Funeral Doom Spiritual' and 'Surveillance Punishment and the Black Psyche' on 1/27.  (more...)

Thrilling New Season of VANITY FAIR CONFIDENTIAL Premieres on Investigation Discovery 1/23
by TV News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Investigation Discovery (ID) announced today the return of the network's hit series, VANITY FAIR CONFIDENTIAL, from Truly Original, in partnership with Condé Nast Entertainment. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Young Jean Lee's STRAIGHT WHITE MEN at Steppenwolf Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 8, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company welcomes internationally acclaimed playwright and director Young Jean Lee this winter as she directs the Chicago premiere of her play, Straight White Men. The fearless and entertaining play features ensemble member Alan Wilder as the patriarch, Ed, who welcomes home his three sons-Madison Dirks (Jake), Ryan Hallahan (Drew) and Brian Slaten (Matt) for the holidays. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Stray Cat Theatre presents NATIVE SON
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Stray Cat is purring like crazy to bring this powerhouse new work to the Valley. Suffocating in rat-infested poverty on the South Side of Chicago in the 1930s, 20-year-old Bigger Thomas struggles to find a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has shut him out. After taking a job in a wealthy White Man's house, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. (more...)

BWW Review: Ensemble Hits a Hole-in-One with RADIO GOLF
by Roy Berko - Feb 27, 2017

August Wilson is considered not only one of the greatest of African American playwrights, but of all theatrical writers. His themes of self-identity, racism, loyalty, religion, deception, love, gentrification and historical verification form the centerpiece of his well-received 'Century Cycle' about black life in Pittsburgh. (more...)

Liesl Tommy to Direct PASS OVER at Steppenwolf
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announces acclaimed director Liesl Tommy, who received a Tony nomination for her direction of Eclipsed by Danai Gurira on Broadway, will direct Steppenwolf's world premiere production of Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu. The cast features ensemble member Jon Michael Hill and Cliff Chamberlain with one remaining role to be announced. (more...)

Plays by Ricardo Perez Gonzalez, Hansol Jung Picked for PUBLIC STUDIO's 4th Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

The Public Theater announced the fourth season of PUBLIC STUDIO, which will present two new plays this spring. (more...)

Steppenwolf Adds One Week of Performances to STRAIGHT WHITE MEN
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2017

By popular demand, Steppenwolf Theatre Company extends its critically acclaimed Chicago premiere production of Straight White Men written and directed by Young Jean Lee. Hailed as "fascinating and hugely arresting" (Chicago Tribune, 3 ½ out of 4 stars) and "intriguing and entertaining" (Time Out Chicago), the production continues for seven additional performances, through March 26, 2017. Tickets ($20 - $89) to the additional performances of Straight White Men are now on sale through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted), at 312-335-1650 or steppenwolf.org. (more...)

Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' is 1st Album Certified 33x Million; 'Bad' Certified 10 Million
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

Michael Jackson's Thriller has become the first album in RIAA Gold & Platinum Program history to be certified 33x Diamond for United States sales and streams (more...)

Pacific Theatre presents VALLEY SONG by Athol Fugard
by BWW News Desk - Feb 16, 2017

A song of hope and change. Pacific Theatre is proud to present Valley Song by Athol Fugard, originally produced by The Gateway Theatre. When a nation undergoes sweeping reform, it's not just policy that has to change: it's people's lives that get caught in the struggle. In this inter-generational tale, set in the aftermath of apartheid in South Africa, the tension between old and new makes its way into the relationship between a young woman and her grandfather. (more...)

Christopher Haydon Announces Cast for the UK Premiere of THE CONVERT
by BWW News Desk - Dec 6, 2016

Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre, Christopher Haydon, today announces the cast for the UK premiere of Danai Gurira's The Convert. Following the success of her critically acclaimed Eclipsed, which ran at the Gate in 2015, Gurira's The Convert will open the Gate's Resist! season, a series of plays about rebellion and revolution. (more...)

Viceland Announces Three New Series and Two Show Renewals for 2017
by TV News Desk - Dec 15, 2016

VICELAND, the cable channel from VICE Media and A+E Networks, rolls out three new series with the hot button shows 'Hate Thy Neighbor' and 'RISE' as well as the network's first foray into comedy series (more...)

Young Jean Lee's STRAIGHT WHITE MEN Headed to Steppenwolf This Winter
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Steppenwolf Theatre Company welcomes internationally acclaimed playwright and director Young Jean Lee this winter as she directs the Chicago premiere of her play, Straight White Men. (more...)

Impact and Academy Bring McIntyre's Gutsy and Gritty SPLIT SECOND To The Stage
by BWW News Desk - Apr 9, 2017

A black cop loses his cool. There are no witnesses. Does he turn himself in, or does he cover it all up? This isSplit Second, by Dennis McIntyre, opening this April at Hapeville Performing Arts Center. (more...)

FIELD GUIDE Premiere, 'FATHER COMES HOME' and More on Tap for Yale Rep's 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

Yale Repertory Theatre, the multiple Tony Award-winning theatre dedicated to the production of new plays and bold interpretations of classic works, has announced its 2017-18 Season. (more...)

On Stage at Kingsborough presents 2017 Spring Performing Arts Season Bringing World Class Artists to Brooklyn
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

On Stage at Kingsborough, a leading performing arts presenter located at Brooklyn's Kingsborough Community College presents its 2017 spring season, featuring world class artists from around the globe. On Stage at Kingsborough brings internationally renowned performing artists to Southern Brooklyn with an eclectic roster spanning multiple genres including music, dance, theatre and family programming. The full 2016-2017 season began September 24, 2016 and runs through May 20, 2017. (more...)

Los Angeles Ballet Gala to Honor Producer Lawrence Bender, Governor Gray Davis, and Sharon Davis
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2017

Los Angeles Ballet (LAB) celebrates its Season 11 Gala on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. This year's honorees are Academy Award® nominated film producer Lawrence Bender and Governor Gray Davis & Sharon Davis. (more...)

The Segal Celebrates 10 Remarkable Years in its 2017-2018 Theatre Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2017

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts announced today a stellar lineup of programming for its 2017-2018 Season. In this year of celebration across Canada, and here at home with Montreal's 375th anniversary, the Segal is also observing important milestones of its own. (more...)

Danya Taymor to Direct World Premiere of PASS OVER at Steppenwolf Theatre Company
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced accomplished director Danya Taymor will direct Steppenwolf's world premiere production of Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu. (more...)

VIDEO: Playwright Antoinette Nwandu Talks PASS OVER at Steppenwolf
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2017

Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents the world premiere production of Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu, directed by Danya Taymor. A bold, incendiary riff on Waiting for Godot, the complete cast features ensemble member Jon Michael Hill (Moses), Julian Parker (Kitch) and Ryan Hallahan (Mister). Steppenwolf recently sat down with the playwright to discuss her new work - see what she had to say below! (more...)

Drama Desk Award-Winning Godlight Theatre Company presents IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2017

On Stage at Kingsborough, a leading performing arts presenter located at Brooklyn's Kingsborough Community College presents its 2017 spring season, featuring world class artists from around the globe. On Stage at Kingsborough brings internationally renowned performing artists to Southern Brooklyn with an eclectic roster spanning multiple genres including music, dance, theatre and family programming. The full 2016-2017 season began September 24, 2016 and runs through May 20, 2017. (more...)

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