Tom Hooper Crafting Film Adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's CATS; Movie Eyes 2017-18 Start
by Jessica Khan - May 5, 2016

Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical CATS, based on the poetry of T.S. Eliot, is one tiptoe closer to the big screen. (more...)

Palm Beach Dramaworks Launches Education Initiative
by BWW News Desk - May 4, 2016

Thanks to a very generous donation from a member of its Board of Directors, Palm Beach Dramaworks is establishing an education department with the goal of introducing young people to the joys of theatre and encouraging and inspiring their participation in the art form. Gary Cadwallader has been named Director of Education and Community Engagement, and joined the staff on May 2. (more...)

COSMO LIVE, WAGS: MIAMI Among E!'s New Unscripted Series
by TV News Desk - May 4, 2016

E! announced today four new unscripted series that further build the network's dynamic slate of fan favorite, pop culture programming. (more...)

ABC Launches VR Experience to Transport Fans to DANCING WITH THE STARS Ballroom
by TV News Desk - May 3, 2016

ABC is letting viewers take the lead on DANCING WITH THE STARS. For the first time ever, fans will be able to join the pro dancers and troupe members on the ballroom floor in virtual reality. (more...)

Nickelodeon Greenlights Second Season of Hit Animated Kids' Show THE LOUD HOUSE
by TV News Desk - May 25, 2016

Nickelodeon announced today that it has greenlit a 14-episode second season of its new animated series, The Loud House, rising to the top as the number-one animated kids' show on TV since its May 2 launch. (more...)

Jonatha Brooke's MY MOTHER HAS 4 NOSES to Play Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 7/1-2
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2016

The critically acclaimed My Mother Has 4 Noses, a musical play written and performed by renowned singer/songwriter Jonatha Brooke and directed by Jeremy B. Cohen, will return to the Tri-State area this July 4th weekend, playing three performances at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, located at 300 Main Street in Old Saybrook, CT. My Mother Has 4 Noses will be performed on Friday, July 1st at 7:30 pm, Saturday, July 2nd at 2:00 pm, and Saturday, July 2 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are priced at $35 are on sale now online at http://katharinehepburntheater.org/events-tickets/. (more...)

CNN Orders Three New Original Series Launching in 2017
by TV News Desk - May 18, 2016

CNN, a division of Turner, announced today three new Original Series launching in 2017, adding to its successful portfolio of high-quality, non-scripted programming. (more...)

Turner Comes to 2016-17 Upfront with Powerful Brand Portfolio & Bold Moves
by TV News Desk - May 18, 2016

Turner, the global content leader across all screens and platforms, is lighting up The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City this morning with a powerful message that includes premium content from its portfolio of top-rated media brands, as well as forward-thinking innovations for advertisers and especially consumers. (more...)

AMC Orders New Documentary Series HEROES AND VILLAINS: THE HISTORY OF COMIC BOOKS
by TV News Desk - May 17, 2016

AMC announced today that it has greenlit the documentary series, HEROES AND VILLAINS: THE HISTORY OF COMIC BOOKS (Working Title) to be executive produced by Robert Kirkman and David Alpert (“The Walking Dead”) through Skybound Entertainment. The series is slated to premiere in 2017. (more...)

ABC Unveils 2016-17 Programming Slate Including Nine New Series
by TV News Desk - May 17, 2016

ABC continues its commitment to distinctive storytelling with the announcement of its 2016-17 slate of programming, including the addition of nine new series. Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment, will unveil the network's new lineup to the advertising and media communities this afternoon at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall, in New York City. (more...)

BWW Interview: 6 Questions & A Plug with DON QUIXOTE's Jason Ballweber
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - May 16, 2016

Jason Ballweber and his Four Humors theatre company devises new works based on old stories; in this case, DON QUIXOTE. Catch their interpretation of the classic with projections and puppets and unique brand of storytelling through May 22, 2016, in the Guthrie's Dowling Studio. (more...)

Four Choreographers to Share Five Performances This June at New York Live Arts
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

Four acclaimed female choreographers, Elisa Monte, Molissa Fenley, Margo Sappington, and Jennifer Muller join forces this spring in Monte/Molissa/Margo/Muller - LIVE! at New York Live Arts, June 14 through June 18. (more...)

Robert Schenkkan, Kathy Najimy, Molly Pope, Finn Wittrock and More Slated for 2016 ORCHARD PROJECT
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2016

The Exchange today announced the artists and companies selected to participate in the 2016 Orchard Project summer residency program in Saratoga Springs, NY. Twenty-six artists and ensembles were selected from nearly 800 theatre artists to develop their big, new ideas at the Orchard Project this coming summer. (more...)

Danny Boyle-Helmed MISS SAIGON Film Adaptation Set for 2018 Start?
by Jessica Khan - May 12, 2016

We have a tentative timetable for MISS SAIGON on the big screen! According to the Daily Mail, Danny Boyle's MISS SAIGON film adaptation will begin shooting in 2018, provided the screenplay and other pre-production efforts go smoothly. (more...)

Playwright, Neuroscientist, RADIOLAB Host Set for MTC's INCOGNITO Panel
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

Manhattan Theatre Club, in partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, announces the upcoming Sloan Panel Discussion on INCOGNITO, which will be held following the Tuesday, May 17 performance of the play at MTC at New York City Center-Stage I (131 West 55th Street), and is open to anyone attending the evening's performance. (more...)

LES MISERABLES Will Welcome a New Thenardier to Broadway Tomorrow
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2016

David Rossmer will assume the role of Thenardier in Cameron Mackintosh's production of Claude-Michel Schönberg & Alain Boublil's legendary musical Les Miserables tomorrow, Friday, May 13 at the Imperial Theatre, it was announced today. (more...)

Scoop: DANCING WITH THE STARS on ABC - Monday, May 16, 2016
by - May 11, 2016

Get all the scoop on DANCING WITH THE STARS, airing on ABC on Monday, May 16, 2016! (more...)

truTV Announces 2016-17 Programming Slate
by TV News Desk - May 10, 2016

As one of Turner's youngest, most socially-engaged networks, truTV enters the 2016-17 Upfront season with news of a robust slate that builds on its roster of original programming from some of the industry's freshest new comedic talent. (more...)

Mission to (dit)Mars to Present ALL SYSTEMS GO MISSION 4
by BWW News Desk - Jun 9, 2016

Mission to (dit)Mars, a theatre arts collective serving Queens artists, is thrilled to announce All Systems Go: Mission 4 as the final event for the LAUNCH PAD Reading Series this year.   This free play reading will be held at the Astoria Performing Arts Center at 30-34 Crescent Street in Astoria, Queens on Monday, June 20th at 7pm. (more...)

Acclaimed Female Choreographers Join Forces for MONTE/MOLISSA/MARGO/MULLER - LIVE!
by Marianka Swain - Jun 7, 2016

Four acclaimed female choreographers, Elisa Monte, Molissa Fenley, Margo Sappington, and Jennifer Muller join forces this spring in Monte/Molissa/Margo/Muller - LIVE! at New York Live Arts, June 14 through June 18. The five-night program of shared performances will feature five works each evening, with three premieres and a cast of 25 dancers. (more...)

Tonic Theatre Honours Women in Theatre with TONIC CELEBRATES
by Marianka Swain - Jun 7, 2016

Tonic Theatre today announces the inaugural Tonic Celebrates event which is a new initiative for the company celebrating the achievements of inspirational women in theatre. For the first event on 22 June at Ambassadors Theatre, Tonic Theatre's Director Lucy Kerbel will be in conversation with multi award-winning lighting designer Paule Constable, Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre Indhu Rubasingham, and playwright Jessica Swale. Tickets for the event start from just £5 (0207 395 5405/www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk). (more...)

James Brolin to Direct & Star in Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Original Film PAIR OF JACKS
by TV News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries announces Golden Globe winner James Brolin ('Life in Pieces,' 'Pensacola: Wings of Gold,') is directing and starring in PAIR OF JACKS (Working Title) a Hallmark original movie premiering in December 2016. (more...)

SPIDER-MAN, EMOJIMOVIE & More Coming from Sony Pictures Animation in 2017-18
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

CULVER CITY, Calif., June 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ In a move signaling an expansion of its output and increased year-round production across multiple platforms, Sony Pictures Animation announced today its slate through 2018 which includes five theatrical features, three television series and one direct-to-video movie. (more...)

Theatre Communications Group Announces Latest Global Connections Grant Recipients
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2016

Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for theatre, is pleased to announce the recipients of the latest round of Global Connections. Supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Global Connections encourages reciprocity and cultural exchange through two programs: ON the ROAD grants to foster new relationships with international colleagues; and IN the LAB grants to further pre-existing international collaborations. Now in its fifth year, the Global Connections program awarded a total of $70,000 to ten projects in this year's cycle, with over $700,000 awarded to date. (more...)

BWW Review: MONTE, MOLISSA, MARGO, MULLER at New York Live Arts
by Juan Michael Porter II - Jun 17, 2016

Times are hard for choreographers, which is why Elisa Monte, Jennifer Muller, Molissa Fenley, and Margo Sappington have banded together to present their full-length works at New York Live Arts. What one might not be able to afford, four are more than capable of shouldering. While a solid business idea, the results as seen on Wednesday June 15th, 2016 were decidedly uneven. It's not that the works were too different in tone, it's that the quality was rarely of top caliber. (more...)

ADI to Perform Jack Ferver's I WANT YOU TO WANT ME at The Kitchen, 6/30-7/2
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

American Dance Institute (ADI), continuing to find new ways to support contemporary dance artists, is presenting performances in New York City for the first time this summer, offering five premieres over the course of five weeks at The Kitchen. The fifth of ADI's New York premieres at The Kitchen will be celebrated choreographer Jack Ferver's I Want You To Want Me, June 30 - July 02. (more...)

Official: Ophelia Lovibond, Cornelius Booth & More to Join Dominic Cooper in THE LIBERTINE
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

Further cast members are announced to join the previously confirmed star Dominic Cooper in Stephen Jeffreys' sexually charged masterpiece The Libertine this autumn. Directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winning Terry Johnson, the play will have a limited run from 31 August to 17 September at Bath Theatre Royal as part of the theatre's 2016 summer season, prior to a West End engagement at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 22 September to 3 December with opening night for press on 27 September. (more...)

Works by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, 5th Annual Live Ideas Festival & More Set for New York Live Arts' 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2016

New York Live Arts, home of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and under the artistic leadership of MacArthur Genius Award and National Medal of the Arts recipient Bill T. Jones, announced its upcoming 2016-2017 season today. (more...)

Raven Theatre Company to Host Weekend of New Play Readings This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Jun 1, 2016

Raven Theatre Company, who has long championed new works through its [Working Title] new play development series of staged readings and its full productions of world premiere plays, will introduce a full weekend of three new play readings this summer. From Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10, the company will present a formal reading of a different play each night. The festival will open the evening of Friday, July 8 with a reading of Girl Found, a psychological mystery by Barbara Lhota, an award-winning playwright and network playwright at Chicago Dramatists. The Saturday evening entry will be Sycamore, a drama of contemporary family life by the Brooklyn, New York based Sarah Sander, that will be fully produced at Raven in March and April 2017 as part of its 2016-17 subscription season. Closing out the weekend will be the political drama Armature by Andrew Kramer, an Indianapolis-based writer who has been a resident playwright with StageLeft's LeapFest. (more...)

Peak Performances Sets 2016-17 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2016

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Linda Nolan and Louise Jameson Set to Star in the Musical RUMPY PUMPY!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

?The remarkable true story of two genteel ladies from the Hampshire Women's Institute who take it upon themselves to campaign for better conditions for Working Girls (more...)

BET Networks to Tickle Your Funny Bone with Star-Studded Fall 2016 Lineup
by TV News Desk - Jul 27, 2016

Starting this fall, BET Networks will unleash a star studded lineup of can't miss original programming. From scripted to reality, the new and returning shows promise a season of comedy, family and hustle! (more...)

VIDEO: First Look - AMC Reveals Trailer for Season 7 of THE WALKING DEAD; Series Returns 10/23
by TV News Desk - Jul 22, 2016

AMC announced today from Comic-Con International that THE WALKING DEAD season seven will premiere Sunday, October 23 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Watch the trailer below! (more...)

TheatreWorks Hosts Creative Workshop on July 30th
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2016

On  Saturday, July 30, from 10AM to 1PM, TheatreWorks New Milford will host a dynamic creative workshop, 'Die Vampire, Die,' led by Broadway's Susan Blackwell. The workshop, appropriate for individuals of all ages, is inspired by the popular song 'Die Vampire, Die' from the hit Broadway musical [title of show], currently running at TheatreWorks New Milford through July 31. Miss Blackwell was also a member of the original Broadway cast of [title of show].    (more...)

NBC Orders Business Competition Series FUNDED; Rob Dyrdek, Tyra Banks & Rohan Oza to Serve as Mentors
by TV News Desk - Jul 13, 2016

Entrepreneurs with revolutionary and disruptive business ideas that are primed to explode into the next game-changing innovation will have the opportunity to team up with three of the brightest business minds of today and compete for up to a $1 million investment in NBC's new alternative series 'Funded' (Working Title). (more...)

Viewers to Go 'Cheek to Cheek' with Irving Berlin in New TV Series
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

Irving Berlin seems to be on everyone's mind! HOLIDAY INN is hitting the New York stage this season, and now the famed songwriter's life will also be at the center of a scripted TV series. (more...)

Propagate Opens Casting Call for Unscripted Series About App Creation
by BWW News Desk - Jul 12, 2016

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Felicia Finley, MJ Rodriguez & Nathan Lucrezio Join Cast of THE LAST WORD at NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2016

This summer, NYMF will be on quest to save Paradise one Scrabble tile at a time. The new musical, The Last Word will be presented at the Duke on 42nd Street, a NEW 42ND STREET project (229 W 42nd St) . The Last Word is written by Brett Sullivan (Billy Elliot Live Film Director) and will be directed by Michael Bello (Doctor Zhivago), choreography by Nick Kenkel (Gotta Dance, Legally Blonde) and Musical Supervisor is Conrad Helfrich (Dirty Dancing).  It will begin performances on July 22 and will run through July 29, 2016. Tickets are $27.50 and can be purchased by visiting NYMF.org. (more...)

History to Premiere All-New Season of Hit Series TOP GEAR, 4/26
by TV News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

HISTORY's enormously popular series TOP GEAR returns Tuesday, April 26 at 9 PM ET/PT for an all-new trailblazing season featuring exotic supercars, extreme stunts and over-the-top challenges. (more...)

New Shows from Andy Cohen, Ryan Seacrest Among Bravo's Unscripted Programming Slate
by TV News Desk - Apr 27, 2016

Continuing its commitment to high-quality programming, Bravo Media unveils a diversified slate of six new and 14 returning unscripted series (more...)

Scoop: DANCING WITH THE STARS on ABC - Monday, April 25, 2016
by TV Scoop - Apr 22, 2016

Get all the scoop on DANCING WITH THE STARS, airing on ABC on Monday, April 25, 2016! (more...)

IFC Announces Eight New Comedies from Development Slate
by TV News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

IFC revealed at their upfront press event in New York, eight smart new comedies from their robust development slate for 2017 series consideration. (more...)

Projects from Zac Efron, John Legend & More Revealed at MTV Upfront
by TV News Desk - Apr 22, 2016

MTV, a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) today revealed a programming slate of fourteen new series and specials, including 'Wonderland,' the network's first weekly live music performance series in nearly twenty years debuting this fall. (more...)

Shakespeare 2016: How Might The Bard Cast America's Presidential Hopefuls?
by Michael Dale - Apr 21, 2016

A clever essay casts Donald Trump in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and Hillary Clinton in HENRY IV, PART 2. (more...)

E! Sets Summer Premiere Dates for New, Returning Series
by TV News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Break out your SPF because E!'s programming line-up is going to sizzle all summer long with new series premieres and popular returning hits!  The pop culture powerhouse kicks off summer with the return of mega-hit series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” on Sunday May 1 at 9:00pm followed by season four of “#RichKids of Beverly Hills” at 10:00pm.  Doctor duo Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif are back for a new season of “Botched” beginning Tuesday, May 10 at 9:00pm, as well as for the series premiere of spin-off “Botched by Nature” on Tuesday, August 9 at 9:00pm. Hollywood's most notorious daters will also heat things up this summer when “Famously Single” debuts Tuesday, June 14 at 10:00pm, and EJ Johnson is beach body ready after dropping 180 pounds when “EJ and the City” (Working Title) premieres Sunday, June 19 at 11:00pm following the “#RichKids of Beverly Hills” season finale at 10:00pm ET/PT. “EJ and the City” (Working Title) will then move to its regular night on Thursday at 9:00pm ET/PT beginning June 23. E! will also dive into the world of the women beside some of today's hottest professional athletes when “WAGS” returns Sunday, June 26 at 10:00pm. Then Tyler Henry will turn up the heat with season two of  “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry” when it returns on Sunday, August 7 at 10:00pm. (more...)

KING LEAR Coming to Birmingham Repertory Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

An epic new version of Shakespeare's King Lear plays at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 19 to 28 May, commemorating 400 years since the playwright's death. A co-production between Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company, and in association with The REP, King Lear is a brutal portrait of a man unravelling - pitted against his daughters, against nature and against the universe itself. (more...)

Oscar Nominee Naomi Watts to Star in Netflix Psychological Thriller GYPSY
by TV News Desk - Apr 18, 2016

Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, announced today that two-time Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts will star in the 10-episode season of the one-hour psychological thriller GYPSY, (more...)

TNT Officially Orders TALES FROM THE CRYPT Anthology Series
by TV News Desk - Apr 15, 2016

The network has officially greenlit an initial 10-episode order of the fan favorite TALES FROM THE CRYPT anthology series, based on the original EC Comics. (more...)

Scoop: DANCING WITH THE STARS on ABC - Monday, April 18, 2016
by - Apr 13, 2016

Get all the scoop on DANCING WITH THE STARS, airing on ABC on Monday, April 18, 2016! (more...)

Photo Flash: BILLY ELLIOT Plays Final Performance at Victoria Palace Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2016

Last night, Saturday 9 April 2016, after 4,600 performances and prior to the theatre's previously announced refurbishment programme, the final Victoria Palace Theatre performance of Billy Elliot The Musical took place in front of a packed house with guests including past and present Billy Elliots, original cast members and members of the show's creative team.  The over 1530 strong audience rose to their feet for the curtain call to join the Company in celebrating a very special evening and a phenomenal eleven year run in the West End.  Director Stephen Daldry, writer Lee Hall and composer Elton John joined the company on stage accompanied by 32 past and present Billy Elliots (the most Billy Elliots to ever appear on stage together), 24 past Michaels and 18 past Debbies as well as several adult members of the original Company.  (more...)

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