Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

Following acclaimed runs at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival, Oxford Playhouse and 2015 VAULT Festival, Dawn State Theatre Company presents the UK tour of The Man Who Would Be King, an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's novella. Christopher Birks and Dan Nicholson reprise their roles in Dan Coleman's production, which tours to 14 venues around the UK this autumn, starting at Greenwich Theatre on 20 September. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the actors in rehearsal below! (more...)

WHO WILL SING FOR LENA? to Play 2016 United Solo Festival
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 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...)

MOTHER EMANUEL Returns 9/9, in the Fringe Encore Series
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2016

Mother Emanuel, the winner of FringeNYC's Overall Excellence Award: Musical, will return to the Soho Playhouse as part of the Fringe Encore Series starting September 9th. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in West Virginia - Week of 9/25/2016
by BWW - Sep 25, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/25/2016 for West Virginia (more...)

THE COLOR BLIND KILLER Exposes Race Discrimination
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

The Color Blind Killer highlights a black man's journey in America, as he faced discrimination from both whites and blacks, and he lays out his formula, which allowed him to calculate the race equation. Therefore, he no longer looked at humans as black or white, and he only saw them as the oppressor and the oppressed. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING UK Tour, Opening Tonight in Greenwich
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Following acclaimed runs at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival, Oxford Playhouse and 2015 VAULT Festival, Dawn State Theatre Company presents the UK tour of The Man Who Would Be King, an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's novella. Christopher Birks and Dan Nicholson reprise their roles in Dan Coleman's production, which tours to 14 venues around the UK this autumn, opening tonight 22 September at Greenwich Theatre. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Casting Complete for THE CHRISTIANS and STRAIGHT WHITE MEN at Steppenwolf Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announces complete casting for two upcoming Chicago premiere productions: Lucas Hnath's The Christians directed by ensemble member K. Todd Freeman (December 1, 2016 - January 29, 2017) in the Downstairs Theatre; and Straight White Men written and directed by Young Jean Lee (February 2, 2016 - March 19, 2017) in the Upstairs Theatre. (more...)

ICELAND Holds Concert
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

Overtone Industries, a celebrated force in the evolution of contemporary music theatre and experimental opera, will share the next phase of its epic new multidisciplinary production, ICELAND, in concert form, at the Ford Theatres' stunning, newly renovated amphitheatre in Los Angeles on Friday, October 7, 2016 at 8:30pm. Written and composed by O-Lan Jones, in collaboration with critically acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Emmett Tinley, ICELAND is a modern love story, set in a mythical and timeless world, where ancient creatures challenge the hero and heroine on an archetypal journey. The work tells an intimate story, beginning in an Icelandic airport and journeying off the map of the known world, into the realm of "The Hiddenfolk" and the vast mythic inner landscapes of Iceland. The ICELAND Concert at the Ford, presented for the first time with full orchestration and complete score, will be directed and choreographed by local legend Ken Roht, with musical direction by David O, as well as additional creative scenic design elements and impressionistic costumes. Additional information can be found at fordtheatres.org. (more...)

Brooklyn Arts Exchange to Present SUBMERGE 2016: WILL YOU? This November
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2016

BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange presents A Helix Queer Performance Network Event: SUBMERGE 2016: will you? curated by Naimonu James, November 6 - 13, 2016. Tickets: $16, $10, $5 (pay what you will). (more...)

Photo Flash: In Rehearsal with THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

Following acclaimed runs at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival, Oxford Playhouse and 2015 VAULT Festival, Dawn State Theatre Company presents the UK tour of The Man Who Would Be King, an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's novella. Christopher Birks and Dan Nicholson reprise their roles in Dan Coleman's production, which tours to 14 venues around the UK this autumn, starting at Greenwich Theatre on 20 September. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the actors in rehearsal below! (more...)

Casting Complete for PARTY PEOPLE at The Public Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2016

The Public Theater announced complete casting today for the New York Premiere of PARTY PEOPLE by UNIVERSES (Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz-Sapp, and William Ruiz a.k.a Ninja. Developed and directed by Liesl Tommy with choreography by Millicent Johnnie, PARTY PEOPLE begins performances on Tuesday, November 1 and runs through Sunday, December 4, with an official press opening on Tuesday, November 15. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in West Virginia - Week of 9/18/2016
by BWW - Sep 18, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/18/2016 for West Virginia (more...)

JOHN and More Slated for Stray Cat Theatre's 15th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Stray Cat Theatre unleashes its 2016-2017 Season! (more...)

Second Thought Theatre Announces 2017 Season with Three Area Premieres
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

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BWW Review: TORN, Royal Court Theatre, 13 September 2016
by Marianka Swain - Sep 14, 2016

Family is the ideal, the necessity, the burden and the war zone of Nathaniel Martello-White's intricate new piece, alternately elusive and confrontational. It's group therapy - Ultz provides the community hall plastic chairs and tea table - with no safeguards, where familial secrets are not just teased out but wrenched, kicking and screaming, to the surface. (more...)

BWW Review: Caryl Churchill's CLOUD 9 Soars at Studio
by Roger Catlin - Sep 13, 2016

If Studio Theatre has a go-to playwright, it's been Caryl Churchill, the award-winning British innovator and provocateur, whose season-opening 'Cloud 9' at the theater is as brash and challenging as anything on area stages, and yet was first written over 30 years ago. (more...)

ShenanArts Announces Auditions for MEMPHIS: THE MUSICAL 10/22
by Ashlee Latimer - Oct 8, 2016

Help us put this amazing musical on stage, invite all of your friends that can sing and dance and want to be a part of something amazing in the theatre history of Staunton, Va. From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes the Tony Award winning musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing,  irresistible songs  and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. (more...)

O-Lan Jones's ICELAND to Play in Concert at Ford Amphitheatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2016

Overtone Industries, a celebrated force in the evolution of contemporary music theatre and experimental opera, will share the next phase of its epic new multidisciplinary production, ICELAND, in concert form, at the Ford Theatres' stunning, newly renovated amphitheatre in Los Angeles today, October 7, 2016 at 8:30pm. (more...)

O-Lan Jones's ICELAND to Play in Concert at Ford Amphitheatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2016

Overtone Industries, a celebrated force in the evolution of contemporary music theatre and experimental opera, will share the next phase of its epic new multidisciplinary production, ICELAND, in concert form, at the Ford Theatres' stunning, newly renovated amphitheatre in Los Angeles on Friday, October 7, 2016 at 8:30pm. (more...)

Overtone Industries Presents The ICELAND Concert at the Ford, Friday, October 7th
by Ellen Dostal - Oct 4, 2016

Overtone Industries, a celebrated force in the evolution of contemporary music theatre and experimental opera, will share the next phase of its epic new multidisciplinary production, ICELAND, in concert form, at the Ford Theatres' stunning, newly renovated amphitheatre in Los Angeles on Friday, October 7, 2016 at 8:30pm. (more...)

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...)

BWW Review: Boxing and Elegant Moves Join Forces in MKE Rep's Powerful THE ROYALE
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Oct 12, 2016

Two men enclosed in a boxing ring--one black and one white-vie for the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship and a transformative match that might knock out race relations for decades to come. Milwaukee Repertory Theaer imports Marco Ramiriez's The Royale to the Stiemke Studio in sophisticated style starring David St. Louis playing the African American boxing champion Jay 'the Sport' Jackson. Jay Jackson represents the actual heavyweight champion Jack Johnson who defeated the previous World Heavyweight champion, Jim Jeffries, a White Man, on July 4, 2010 to win freedom for the black boxer. In the stunning Rep production, Ramirez's script loosely retells the story that changed the course of boxing history where Jackson became the first African American Heavyweight Champion in an era when the Klu Klux Klan lynched black men for merely the color of their skin. (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, 16 November 2016
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: SRO talks SILENCE! THE MUSICAL
by Alexander Garza - May 31, 2016

I got the opportunity to speak with actors Chris Gibson and Rachel Landon, Stage Manager Lauren Hainley, and Choreographer Eric Dano about SRO's upcoming production of SILENCE! THE MUSICAL. The musical is a parody ofof the 1991 Academy Award winning film, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. The show is directed by Chris Patton and stars Chris Gibson, Rachel Landon, Bryan Kaplun, Chaney Moore, Tom Stell, Kiefer Slaton, Maryann Williams, Taelon J. Stonecipher, and Heather Buzonas. SILENCE! THE MUSICAL will make its Houston premiere and run from June 9 - June 25, 2016 at Obsidian Theater. (more...)

Australian Premiere of Young Jean Lee's STRAIGHT WHITE MEN
by Marianka Swain - May 30, 2016

A contemporary work from 'the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation', according to The New York Times, STRAIGHT WHITE MEN written by Young Jean Lee, will have its South Australian premiere in this brand new production in collaboration with Brisbane's La Boite Theatre Company. (more...)

The Second City to Host Bob Curry Fellowship Showcase, 6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 17, 2016

The Second City will kick off the NBCUniversal & Second City Break Out Comedy Festival at their North & Wells campus in Chicago with the Bob Curry Fellowship Showcase to celebrate the next generation of diverse talent in sketch, improvisation and stand-up on Wednesday, June 1st at 8:00pm. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 6/05/2016
by BWW - Jun 5, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/05/2016 for Philadelphia (more...)

BWW Review: STOLEN Is A Stirring Expression Of A Terrible Part Of Australia's History
by Jade Kops - Jun 4, 2016

Australia's horrific history of taking Aboriginal children from their families plays out in STOLEN with moving modern "song lines" and storytelling. (more...)

Dawn State Theatre Company to Launch New Tour of THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

?Following acclaimed runs at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival, Oxford Playhouse and 2015 VAULT Festival, Dawn State Theatre Company today announces a UK tour of The Man Who Would Be King, an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's novella. Christopher Birks and Dan Nicholson reprise their roles in Dan Coleman's production which tours to 14 venues around the UK this autumn, starting at Greenwich Theatre on 20 September. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Philadelphia - Week of 6/12/2016
by BWW - Jun 12, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/12/2016 for Philadelphia (more...)

BWW Interview: SRO Productions Talks SILENCE!
by Alexander Garza - Jun 1, 2016

I got the opportunity to speak with actors Chris Gibson and Rachel Landon, Stage Manager Lauren Hainley, and Choreographer Eric Dano about SRO's upcoming production of SILENCE! THE MUSICAL. The musical is a parody of the 1991 Academy Award winning film, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. The show is directed by Chris Patton and stars Chris Gibson, Rachel Landon,Bryan Kaplun, Chaney Moore, Tom Stell, Kiefer Slaton, Maryann Williams, Taelon J. Stonecipher, and Heather Buzonas. SILENCE! THE MUSICAL will make its Houston premiere and run from June 9 - June 25, 2016 at Obsidian Theater. (more...)

BWW Review: STRAIGHT WHITE MEN Looks At Privilege And The Expectations That Come With It
by Barry Lenny - Jul 9, 2016

Resident Director, Nescha Jelk, has gone deeply into this clever script and mined a wealth of detail. (more...)

Scoop: WHAT WOULD YOU DO? on ABC - Tonight, July 8, 2016
by TV Scoop - Jul 8, 2016

Get all the scoop on WHAT WOULD YOU DO?, airing on ABC tonight, July 8, 2016! (more...)

Scoop: WHAT WOULD YOU DO? on ABC - Today, July 8, 2016
by - Jul 7, 2016

Get all the scoop on WHAT WOULD YOU DO?, airing on ABC on today, July 8, 2016! (more...)

MOTHER EMANUEL Opening at SoHo Playhouse August 13th as Part of FringeNYC
by BWW News Desk - Jul 26, 2016

MOTHER EMANUEL An American Musical Play Opens at FringeNYC 8/13   Rebel Theater in association with The Present Company presents MOTHER EMANUEL, an American Musical Play conceived by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj and co-written by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, Adam Mace and Christian Lee Branch starting Saturday August 13 at Soho Playhouse as part of the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival. (more...)

BWW Review: The Music of MOTOWN Returns; Unfortunately, So Does The Book
by Michael Dale - Jul 22, 2016

Despite clunky writing, Berry Gordy's autobiographical musical is packed with great songs and terrific performances. (more...)

JOHN and More Slated for Stray Cat Theatre's 15th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Stray Cat Theatre unleashes its 2016-2017 Season! (more...)

Scoop: WHAT WOULD YOU DO? on ABC - Today, July 15, 2016
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Get all the scoop on WHAT WOULD YOU DO?, airing on ABC today, July 15, 2016! (more...)

Scoop: WHAT WOULD YOU DO? on ABC - Friday, July 15, 2016
by - Jul 11, 2016

Get all the scoop on WHAT WOULD YOU DO?, airing on ABC on Friday, July 15, 2016! (more...)

Shmoop Offers Fresh and Varied Approaches to Classic Novels
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

What does it mean to kill a mockingbird? Does Atticus Finch epitomize the White Man's burden? And why do all the characters in the book have dog names while the only dog in the novel has a human name? These are the questions every high school student has about To Kill a Mockingbird. (more...)

BWW Preview: Fall 2016 Cleveland Theater Calendar
by Roy Berko - Aug 3, 2016

Soon, the leaves will start to turn and many local theatres will be lifting their curtains to welcome a new season. Here's a list of some of the offerings of local theatres through the fall season. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL THEATRES! (more...)

The ICELAND Concert on Friday October 7th at Ford Theatres
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2016

Overtone Industries, a celebrated force in the evolution of contemporary music theatre and experimental opera, will share the next phase of its epic new multidisciplinary production, ICELAND, in concert form, at the Ford Theatres' stunning, newly renovated amphitheatre in Los Angeles on Friday, October 7, 2016 at 8:30pm. Written and composed by O-Lan Jones, in collaboration with critically acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Emmett Tinley, ICELAND is a modern love story, set in a mythical and timeless world, where ancient creatures challenge the hero and heroine on an archetypal journey. The work tells an intimate story, beginning in an Icelandic airport and journeying off the map of the known world, into the realm of "The Hiddenfolk" and the vast mythic inner landscapes of Iceland.  (more...)

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