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...)

THE WHITE WHORE AND THE BIT PLAYER Opens Tonight at the Alexander Bar's Upstairs Theatre
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

A new production of Tom Eyen's THE WHITE WHORE AND THE BIT PLAYER, directed by Christopher Weare and starring Jazzara Jaslyn and Donna Cormack-Thomson, will open at the Alexander Bar tonight. (more...)

BWW Recap: Caught Between the Devil and the Veep To Be on SCANDAL
by Jennifer McHugh - May 13, 2016

If you were thinking maybe the finale would start out slow, you'd be wrong. Very, very wrong. Nothing like a murder in less than a minute. Welcome to a Shondaland! (more...)

BWW Review: Wilbury Theatre Group's Hyper-Local INVISIBLE UPSOUTH
by Andria Tieman - Mar 9, 2016

Stories of police brutality are all over the news these days, but they may still seem like something that happens “elsewhere”. In INVISIBLE UPSOUTH, Wilbury Theatre Company's latest in their New Works program, the headlines move right into Providence and we're forced to examine the reality of life as a person of color in the liberal Northeast.  Told half in explosive spoken word and half in traditional scenes, this play manages to convey a lot without coming off as didactic or cliche'.  In particular, it shines a light on experiences that probably most people of color have had, that would likely make many white people say “I had never thought about that”. (more...)

BWW Review: Penumbra Theatre Presents Two Powerful One-Act Plays from the Black Arts Movement, THE DUTCHMAN and THE OWL ANSWERS
by Jill Schafer - Mar 9, 2016

In one of those strange theater-going coincidences, the night after I saw two one-act plays at the Guthrie, I attended opening night of Penumbra's presentation of two one-act plays. Both paired plays by different playwrights linked by a common theme. But unlike the theater comedies THE CRITIC and THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND, THE DUTCHMAN and THE OWL ANSWERS are dense and meaty dramas dealing with heavy issues. They might not make you laugh (except, occasionally, uncomfortably), but they will definitely make you think. Written in the '60s as part of the Black Arts Movement, these plays take an unforgiving look at the racism, sexism, and classism of the day, that still have implications in today's world. A stellar ensemble cast and top-notch production design tie the two very different plays together and highlight the playwrights' messages. Though they are not easy to watch and I can't say I understood everything that was going on, I certainly came away with much to chew on, and a greater understanding of our shared history. Which is pretty much a given at Penumbra Theatre. (more...)

VOICE LESSONS with Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts World Premiere & More Set for Steppenwolf's Expanded 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2016

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today the 2016/17 Season, the first to be curated by Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro and the Steppenwolf artistic team. The new season brings many exciting changes that embrace expanded artistic offerings, flexibility and a diverse selection of experiences, featuring the ensemble in ways both familiar and new. In 2016/17, Steppenwolf will produce an expanded six-play Subscription Season, as opposed to the previous five-play season, in a new format that features four plays in the Downstairs Theatre with the opportunity for subscribers to choose between two productions in the Upstairs Theatre. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 3/7/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 7, 2016

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Review Roundup: THE ROYALE Opens at Lincoln Center Theater
by Review Roundups - Mar 7, 2016

Lincoln Center Theater welcomes McKinley Belcher III, Khris Davis, Montego Glover, John Lavelle, and Clarke Peters to the stage in its production of THE ROYALE, a new play by Marco Ramirez, directed by Rachel Chavkin, opening tonight, March 7, at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 West 65 Street). Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)

Critic's Choice: Don't Miss These Shows, Y'all!
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 3, 2016

Theater-goers from our neck o' the woods have been quite spoiled already this year - and 2016 is barely three months old - and the hits, as they are wont to say, just keep on coming. In fact, there's so much great theater going on in the Nashville area right now, that you may be having a difficult time choosing among the bounteous offerings local companies are providing you. (more...)

BWW Review: BOOTY CANDY Pushes the Envelope at convergence-continuum
by Roy Berko - Mar 28, 2016

Both Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) and convergence-continuum (con-con) are noted for producing 'on the edge' theatre. Ironically, both are now featuring plays that examine the human experience from the viewpoint of sexual orientation and race/ethnicity. (more...)

Shattered Globe's IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT to Run 4/21-6/5 at Theater Wit
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2016

Shattered Globe Theatre concludes its 25th anniversary season with the gripping, racially charged mystery IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, adapted by Matt Pelfrey, based on the novel by John Ball and directed by Louis Contey, playing April 21 - June 5, 2016 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at www.theaterwit.org, in person at the Theater Wit Box Office or by calling (773) 975-8150. The press opening is Sunday, April 24 at 3 pm. (more...)

BWW Review: BOOTYCANDY: Shock Therapy
by Nancy Grossman - Mar 18, 2016

The New England premiere of Robert O'Hara's BOOTYCANDY at SpeakEasy Stage Company is based on the author's own experiences of growing up black and gay in America. Similar in structure and tone to THE COLORED MUSEUM, it is a series of loosely connected vignettes that rely on humor and satire to confront racial, sexual, and cultural stereotypes. Summer L. Williams directs an outstanding cast of five actors who portray nearly two dozen characters. (more...)

BWW Review: This is Why We Need Theatre: WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT… at Artists Rep
by Krista Garver - Mar 18, 2016

When Jackie Sibblies Drury wrote WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT A PRESENTATION ABOUT THE HERERO OF NAMIBIA, FORMERLY KNOWN AS SOUTHWEST AFRICA, FROM THE GERMAN SUDWESTAFRIKA, BETWEEN THE YEARS 1884-1915 (yes, that's the complete title), in 2012, she couldn't have known the maelstrom that would be upon us in 2016. Since the shooting of Michael Brown led to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, race relations in the United States have been declining. According to a survey, they're currently at their worst in recent history. (more...)

BWW Review: Paul, Adcock Sizzle in ACCC's MEMPHIS, THE MUSICAL
by Jeffrey Ellis - Mar 13, 2016

Melinda Paul and Michael Adcock lead an exhilarating production of the Tony Award-winning Memphis, the Musical - which features an exuberant cast that blends veteran talents like Michael McGee and Susan Walsworth with rising young performers such as Quantavius Rankins and Jordan McCullough, all of whom give their all in bringing the David Bryan-Joe DiPietro work to the stage - running through March 26 at Woodbury's Arts Center of Cannon County. (more...)

BWW Interview: Kenny Leon on His Fast-Talking SMART PEOPLE
by Naomi Serviss - Mar 1, 2016

Lydia R. Diamond's quick and often-witty play points a critical lens on racism in America. (more...)

BUCKSKIN BRIGADES is Released
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2016

Galaxy Press is bringing in the New Year with a message of honor and integrity as told in the L. Ron Hubbard Western Fiction story, 'Buckskin Brigades,' a story of which the New York Times wrote, 'Mr. Hubbard has reversed a time-honored formula and has given a thriller to which, at the end of every chapter or so, another paleface bites the dust ... [It has] an enthusiasm, even a freshness and sparkle, decidedly rare in this type of romance.' 'Buckskin Brigades' is premised on the Lewis & Clark Expedition murder of a Native American Blackfeet Indian Chief in 1806 near what is now Helena, Montana, and its effect in changing the course of history. The story is an adventure of the nascent American Northwest, and skillfully weaves together the history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, its encounter with the Blackfeet Indians, the era's rapacious fur traders, and a figure of singular destiny, a White Man named Michael Kirk but known to the Blackfeet as 'Yellow Hair.' The impact of the story's message was so significant, it prompted a letter of recognition to L. Ron Hubbard from the Council Members of the Blackfeet Nation which read in part, 'Like 'Yellow Hair' you have walked the Blackfeet path with honor and have showed our people in a true light. Never has our morals and ethics been presented with such clarity.' L. Ron Hubbard was born on March 13, 1911 in Tilden, Nebraska and soon thereafter moved to Helena, Montana, where a young Ron learned to read and write, ride horses and pan for gold. It was also in Helena that he was honored with the status of Blood Brother of the Blackfeet Indians. He later became one of America's most prolific writers of popular fiction producing over 18 million words of fiction with a writing career that spanned over five decades. During the 1930s and 40s he authored more than 250 short stories, novelettes and novels under his own name and any of his 15 pen names at a production rate of about 100,000 words a month. His published works from that era encompassed adventure, detective, science fiction, western and fantasy work and can be found at www.GalaxyPress.com. 'Buckskin Brigades' is available at www.Amazon.com, www.BN.com, and www.GalaxyPress.com. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 1/25/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 25, 2016

Thus, we are happy to present one of our most popular features: The Nashville Theater Calendar, a comprehensive - maybe even exhaustive (lord knows we're exhausted from putting it together, gathering all the info from all over the interwebs!) - listing of theatrical openings for the 2016 season. We'll update the calendar every Monday, clearing out the shows that have closed and adding additional information on the shows still to come. (more...)

VIDEOS: Five Broadway Songs That Confronted American Audiences On Racism
by Michael Dale - Jan 18, 2016

Five moments when Broadway songwriters risked shocking and angering patrons with discomforting truths. (more...)

BWW Review: THE LONG ROAD SOUTH, King's Head Theatre, January 15 2016
by Gary Naylor - Jan 17, 2016

Gary Naylor sees a superbly acted, tension-packed slice of 1960s American life based on a true story delivered in a venue ideally suited to its material. (more...)

Akashic Books Announces New Releases in Noir and Caribbean Fiction
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2016

New Noir New Orleans Noir: The Classics edited by Julie Smith Akashic Books continues its award-winning series of original noir anthologies, launched in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir. Each volume comprises stories set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city. (more...)

BWW Review: University of Northern Colorado's THE PIANO LESSON
by Felicia Tassone - Feb 8, 2016

The Piano Lesson is an important part of American theater.  August Wilson wrote a story that needs to be told, now more than ever.  And a story which asks the important questions like, What do you do with your legacy, and how do you best put it to use?  Are we forced to live in the shadows of our ancestors choices? (more...)

BWW Review: A Battle of Beliefs in Danai Gurira's THE CONVERT at Central Square Theatre
by Justin J Sacramone - Feb 8, 2016

In a blackout we hear shouting. The front door of a minister's house is kicked opened. Enter a man dragging in a native woman wearing rags. He hands her off to the housekeeper. The housekeeper barks a few commands and forces her into a back room. The opening scene of Underground Railway Theatre's must see production of The Convert, Danai Gurira's three hour intoxicating drama about 19th century Africa post-colonialism, is spoken in the native language of Shona. Although Shona is not commonly spoken in America, it is clear what we just witnessed. Freedom. Or so we believe. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 2/8/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 8, 2016

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Nashville's Theater Calendar 2/29/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 29, 2016

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Critic's Choice: The Shows You Just Can't Miss
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 25, 2016

There's so much great theater going on in the Nashville area right now, that you may be having a difficult time choosing among the bounteous offerings local companies are providing you. We're delighted to herald the return of BWW Nashville's Critics Choice with today's feature, offering up a compendium of what's available, what we recommend you see, and - in the cases of show's we've seen already - snippets of our reviews to help you make up your mind! (more...)

VIDEO: Stephen Colbert & Playwright Danai Gurira Offer Casting Ideas for Hollywood Adaptation of ECLIPSED
by TV News Desk - Feb 25, 2016

Playwright and actress Danai Gurira, who portrays Michonne on AMC's 'The Walking Dead' stopped by last night's LATE SHOW to talk about her new Broadway play ECLIPSED (more...)

BWW Review: John Douglas Thompson as SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF
by Christi Esterle - Feb 22, 2016

Bringing to life an iconic personality like Louis Armstrong is always something of a tightrope walk: the mannerisms must be there, yet the performance must not descend into caricature. It is a balancing act that John Douglas Thompson is remarkably adept at, and he is aided by Satchmo at the Waldorf's central conceit, which about the man behind Armstong's familiar public persona: a man who smoked weed, slept around, and got in deep with gangsters, a man who didn't talk much about the racial issues of his lifetime but who definitely had opinions about social injustice and the struggles of a black man trying to survive in a White Man's world. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 2/22/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 22, 2016

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

Theater Works Announces 2016-2017 Masterworks Season
by Louisa Brady - Feb 20, 2016

Theater Works 2016-17 Masterworks Season sees the return of master entertainers, lauded composers, Tony Award ® Winners and two premieres. The 31st MasterWorks season opens with the comedy Noises Off, and is followed by the World premiere of the newest work by the team that brought the works of Cole Porter, A Gershwin Revue celebrates the works of the acclaimed composer George Gershwin. (more...)

DreamWrights Youth and Family to Host Fundraiser FLIPPIN' BROADWAY, 3/5
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2016

On March 5, DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre is flipping things around in the name of fun and fundraising. They are hosting a special event called Flippin' Broadway which is a cabaret of Broadway show tunes with a fun twist.  Rodd Robertson, DreamWrights actor and Guest Director, came up with the idea. Robertson explains, "A few years ago, another actor and I were discussing songs we would never get to sing in a traditional Broadway show.  We were having a great time imagining what it would be like to perform songs as those characters and suddenly we looked at each other and asked why we couldn't stage a show where we could perform those songs?!" And the idea for Flippin' Broadway was born. (more...)

SpeakEasy Stage to Present New England Premiere of BOOTYCANDY
by BWW News Desk - Feb 15, 2016

From March 12 to April 9, 2016, SpeakEasy Stage Company will present the New England Premiere of BOOTYCANDY, a shockingly funny and saucy spin on race, sex, and sexuality, written by award-winning playwright and director Robert O'Hara. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 2/15/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 15, 2016

Sometimes it seems there is so much theater happening that it's difficult to keep track of it all. From personal experience, despite all the datebooks, smart phones, tablets, desktop computers and laptops...it's hard to keep everything straight in this wacky business of the show. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: Ninety-Two Years Ago Today, Gershwin's RHAPSODY IN BLUE Premieres
by Michael Dale - Feb 12, 2016

Gershwin's orchestrial jazz creation remains a quintessential piece of American music. (more...)

Shattered Globe to Round Out 25th Season with IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Shattered Globe Theatre concludes its 25th anniversary season with the gripping, racially charged mystery IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, based on the novel by John Ball, adapted by Matt Pelfrey and directed by Louis Contey, playing April 21 - June 4, 2016 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. (more...)

BWW Review: CPH's Compelling THE MOUNTAINTOP Places Spotlight on Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Roy Berko - Feb 1, 2016

Katori Hall, who wrote the award winning play THE MOUNTAINTOP, which is in production at Cleveland Play House, in her script attempts to answer such questions as: What was Martin Luther King, Jr. like as a person? With all the death threats that King received, what was his last night alive like? What did he believe was going to be his ultimate role in the Black rights movement? (more...)

Time to Chow Down in Alex McCarthy's CANNIBAL COUNTRY at Alexander Bar Upstairs Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

CANNIBAL COUNTRY, a new physical theatre drama written and directed by Alex McCarthy, will premiere at the Alexander Bar's Upstairs Theatre this February. The hour-long piece stars Dustin Beck and Amelia Vernede. (more...)

Nashville Theater Calendar 2/1/16
by Jeffrey Ellis - Feb 1, 2016

Thus, we are happy to present one of our most popular features: The Nashville Theater Calendar, a comprehensive - maybe even exhaustive (lord knows we're exhausted from putting it together, gathering all the info from all over the interwebs!) - listing of theatrical openings for the 2015/16 season. We'll update the calendar every Monday, clearing out the shows that have closed and adding additional information on the shows still to come (more...)

Music History! Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' is First Album to Be Certified RIAA 30X Multi-Platinum
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2015

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the Estate of Michael Jackson, Epic Records and Legacy Recordings announced today that Michael Jackson's THRILLER is the first album in RIAA Gold & Platinum Program history to be certified 30X Multi-Platinum for U.S. sales (more...)

Everyman Theatre to Launch New Series of Informal Play Readings
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

Everyman Theatre is excited to announce the introduction of a new series of informal play readings. The inaugural series, titled "Women's Voices in American Theatre," will highlight some of theatre's greatest women playwrights through four staged readings curated by the women of Everyman's Resident Acting Company.  The readings will take place in the theatre's second-floor rehearsal hall, which will be transformed into a funky stripped-down performance space, on four Monday evenings:  April 25, May 9, May 23 and June 6 from 7PM to 9PM. (more...)

THE LITTLE FOXES and More Set for Everyman Theatre's New Women-Centric Salon Series
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

Everyman Theatre is excited to announce the introduction of a new series of informal play readings. The inaugural series, titled 'Women's Voices in American Theatre,' will highlight some of theatre's greatest women playwrights through four staged readings curated by the women of Everyman's Resident Acting Company. (more...)

BWW Review: ISC Presents a Smart, Strong OTHELLO in the Studio
by Ellen Dostal - Apr 4, 2016

Something interesting happens when you remove race as the primary motivator in Shakespeare's OTHELLO. The play's message about the progression of evil becomes even more universal. What was a story about a man destroying another man because of the color of his skin is now part of a larger more enigmatic narrative exploring hate, jealousy, and obsession from a less obvious perspective. It also reveals how masterfully Shakespeare wrote the nuances of human frailty. (more...)

Los Altos Stage Company Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

Los Altos Stage Company is pleased to announce the line-up for our upcoming season at the Bus Barn Theater in Los Altos. Comprised of two musicals and three plays, our 21st Annual Season is filled with imagination, inspiration, passion, poetry, folly, disillusionment, and madness. (more...)

VIDEO: Stephen Colbert White-Mansplains Beyonce's 'Lemonade' on LATE SHOW
by - Apr 26, 2016

On last night's LATE SHOW, America has been waiting for a White Man to weigh in on Queen Bey's "Lemonade," and Stephen is a very White Man. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Shattered Globe's IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

Shattered Globe Theatre concludes its 25th anniversary season with the gripping, racially charged mystery IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, adapted by Matt Pelfrey, based on the novel by John Ball and directed by Louis Contey, playing now through June 5, 2016 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. The press opening is Sunday, April 24 at 3 pm. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Palm Beach Dramaworks to Stage SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF
by BWW News Desk - Apr 21, 2016

Palm Beach Dramaworks closes out its sixteenth season with Terry Teachout's funny and moving Satchmo at the Waldorf, in which the legendary Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong reminisces about and ruminates on his extraordinary life and career just months before his death in 1971. This production marks Teachout's debut as a director. Satchmo at the Waldorf opens at the Don & Ann Brown Theatre on May 13 and continues through June 12, with specially priced previews on May 11 and 12.   (more...)

BWW Exclusive: Read the First Chapter of Tony-Winning Producer Jack Viertel's Book THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL
by Matt Tamanini - Apr 19, 2016

In THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL, Jack Viertel takes about musicals, puts them back together, sings their praises, marvels at their unflagging inventiveness, and occasionally despairs over their more embarrassing shortcomings. In the process, he invites us to fall in love with the art form all over again by showing us how musicals happen, what makes them work, how they captivate audiences, and how one landmark show leads to the next-by design or by accident, by emulation or by rebellion from OKLAHOMA! to HAMILTON and onward. (more...)

'ARTURO UI', 'MR. BURNS', SPRING AWAKENING Set for Wilbury Group's 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2016

The Wilbury Theatre Group's Founding Artistic Director Josh Short has announced the Group's 2016/17 season. (more...)

MTC to Present STRAIGHT WHITE MEN
by BWW News Desk - Apr 1, 2016

Straight White Men is the razor-edged new comedy from Young Jean Lee, one of American theatre's most acute observers of race and identity. Poking fun at the luckiest social group in modern society, Straight White Men was one of the most talked about plays of recent New York seasons and will now have its Australian premiere on Thursday 12 May at Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio. (more...)

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